AUGUSTA – It’s no secret, ambulance crews in small towns across the state are desperately seeking volunteers.
A big problem facing volunteer retention is the amount of training time. Now, legislators are considering a pilot project to shorten the amount of time needed for initial training of first responders.
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said “This is a first step getting them in the door, getting them involved in the departments. I think hopefully it will be a great tool for recruiting. I’d rather have somebody with limited training responding in rural Maine than somebody with no training.”
If it receives legislative approval, towns from across the state would apply to be among the four towns selected to be part of the pilot project.