Accomack County Director of Public Service Charles Pruitt and HR director Cathy Carmody were given authorization by the Board of Supervisors to proceed with the co-hort approach to recruiting and training fire and EMS employees. An analysis of recent recruitment expenses as well as injury related reports for Department of Public Service supports the continued state of flux for covering three 24 hour shift rotations and the six daytime shift positions.

C. Ray Pruitt

C. Ray Pruitt

Pruitt said that currently there are four vacancies on the full time EMS staff and that the new system would allow the department to have qualified individuals waiting in the wings to quickly fill the vacancies.

Continued enhancements in the County’s ability to deliver training in-house and expedite the time from vacancy to filled position will allow the County to run two recruitment cycles per year with supporting fire and EMS classes in-house.   It is hoped that this will bring sufficient numbers of new recruits to cover the current vacancies so that trained staff will be available to be placed in to the vacancies sooner. The twice a year co-hort approach has the potential of occasionally increasing the overall number of FTEs for a temporary time period but without exceeding the overall approved budget for staffing.

Photo courtesy Onancock Volunteer Fire Co.  Facebook page.

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