MOVAC discusses staff shortage problems at Herkimer College

Officials from Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps held a presentation at Herkimer College Thursday to discuss the challenges they face due to their lack of employees.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2018 11:46 PM

HERKIMER -- Officials from Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps held a presentation at Herkimer College Thursday to discuss the challenges they face due to their lack of employees.


According to MOVAC officials, the cost of their operations continue to rise as their workforce shrinks. Those two factors create delays in getting people to the hospital.


MOVAC is a non-profit amubulance service that transports people to Litte Falls Hospitals and Mohawk Valley Health System.


MOVAC officials say although ambulance calls are the most common type of emergency, police and fire departments typically receive more funding.


Gregory Eisenhut, MOVAC board president, says the high number of phone calls they recieve and their lack of employees are hurting their service.


"From January 2017 to January 2018 we jumped 38 percent in the number of calls answered," Eisenhut said. "I don't care whether it's a for profit business, non profit. Any organization that experiences this type of massive growth is going to have severe growing pains."


The presentation was held to inform local leaders why funding ambulance services is so important.


Eisenhut says he wants to start a local discussion since solutions are not coming from state and federal levels.


He also says a major factor to their workforce shrinking is that it's hard to make a decent living as an EMT.

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