Emergency Personnel Wanted in Jefferson County

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The Jefferson County fire chief is hoping to increase his staff, all in an effort to meet the demands of people who are moving to the rural area.

The fire chief is hoping to add two additional paramedics and four emergency medical technicians to help with the increasing number of calls he's getting in the county.

Chief Mark Matthew is applying for grant funding to make his dream a reality, knowing it’s a matter of life and death for those who've come to rely on emergency personnel.

Mark Matthews said, "When people call for an emergency vehicle, whether it be a fire truck or an ambulance, they're going to want it to be there in a timely fashion, and in order to do that you need the staff."

Jefferson County is one of several fiscally constrained communities relying on state funding to help them make ends meet.