TROY — Troy City Council’s Personnel Committee OK’d to move forward with legislation establishing a new paramedic lieutenant position for the Troy Fire Department on Monday.
Assistant director of public service and safety and human resources director Tom Funderburg said the position has already been included in the union contract with the city for more than 20 years. Funderburg said the salary range would be $72-75,000, not including benefits. The contract specified the position’s salary to be 5-9 percent above the baseline pay of a paramedic/firefighter.
“Ever since we received the Novak study, we’ve spent quite a bit of time into what the current and the future of the Troy City Fire Department should look like and try to be proactive in all circumstances,” he said.
According to the committee report, “among Novak’s conclusions was that present staffing levels are sufficient to handle current fire and EMS-related workload. However, the study also identified the need to dedicate a safety officer on emergency scenes, as well as provide better staff training coordination.”
Funderburg said, “Anything we took away from the study that we would consider was to look at the intermediate position as a safety officer and also as a person to help coordinate all the training, the on-going training these professionals need on a regular annual basis.”
The lieutenant paramedic would be in charge of staff training, shift scheduling, facility, fleet and equipment management and staff recruitment. The lieutenant position would also research the community’s participation in the new paramedicine movement as well as assisting with moving forward with the city’s own employee health and wellness clinic initative. Both ideas were listed in the committee packet as part of the position’s duties. The lieutenant paramedic position would be between the firefighter and platoon commander position and would report to the assistant chief position.
Funderburg said the position would likely be filled at the end of the year after a job description is filed with civil service and they have the wage negotiated with the fire department’s union. The position’s salary was not part of the 2016 general budget, but funding is available according to city auditor John Frigge.
According to Chief Matt Simmons, all vacancies in the department have been filled or are in the process of being filled at this time. Simmons shared how the paramedic’s role has expanded in the last two years to expand its services under Ohio law. Simmons said the new position would research the paramedicine initiative where paramedics would attend to a call, but not have to transport a patient to the hospital for care. Simmons likened the initiative as “house calls” to tend to those in need of medical care, but not necessarily need hospitalization.
Committee members John Twilliger, Tom Kendall and Bill Twiss recommended the position to move forward with no council action until a salary ordinance is needed.
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