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Vale Fire gets OK to hire 1, but still needs volunteers

Wally Whitaker, Todd Hesse and Sam Chamberlain, three EMTs with Vale Fire and Ambulance, stand in front of one of the station’s ambulances. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

VALE – Vale Fire and Ambulance is adding a new paid medic to help alleviate strain on its ambulance staff, which is primarily made up of volunteers.

While the Vale City Council approved funding for the new position, the service could use more volunteer help from the community. 

Todd Hesse, ambulance supervisor at Vale Fire and Ambulance, reported staffing issues at a recent city council meeting, and requested money to hire a paid part-time emergency medical technician to work 11 hours a week to help plug staffing holes. 

The budget had only allowed for one full-time and one 19-hour employee, with the rest . . .