New hires and an updated staffing system in Brookfield
Currie Engel, The News-Times, Danbury, Conn.
May 12–BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company announced some significant updates to its services Tuesday, including the addition of an overnight on-call paramedic, the hiring of a new deputy chief for emergency medical services, and an updated staffing system.
“Today we have a core group of mission driven, community oriented EMTs and paramedics working with the BVFC and senior leadership staff to ensure we are providing the best care to our community and streamlining our service,” the Facebook post where the news was announced said.
The updates come after recent discussions about the town’s need for increased staffing to better provide services to the town and budget adjustments from First Selectman Steve Dunn.
During the pandemic, the EMS teams had to pivot to a virtual training format and saw a slight drop in recruitment, but Fire Chief Andrew Ellis has been working to improve their recruitment numbers. The company’s EMTs and paramedics could sometimes work up to 100 hours a week during the virus’ peak, according to Ellis.
The new paramedic position will provide on-call services overnight from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., which the post says will now allow the company to have two paramedics available 24 hours a day.
With a new senior living facility expected to open this fall, local EMS has been preparing for an increase of about 180 calls per year, or 3.4 calls per week, according to interviews with Dunn. The arrival of the town’s other senior facility, The Village at Brookfield Common, increased calls to the point where the town’s existing volunteer corps had to hire some full-time career paramedics to meet demand.
As part of their updates, the fire department also hired Wayne Woodtke to serve as the Deputy Chief of EMS.
“Wayne brings not only real world experience, but an in-depth knowledge in EMS management,” the post said.
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