AIKEN Aiken County has had trouble filling openings for some jobs in emergency services.
We have had some response to the job postings but nothing like you would think considering the economy, said Assistant County Administrator Todd Glover, referring to 10 open county positions in emergency services that range from EMT-basics to crew chiefs.
The county will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Aiken County Council Auditorium at 736 Richland Ave. West.
Interviews will be conducted at the fair for those qualified . The county is seeking EMTs for three different levels: basic, intermediate and paramedic.
Officials say there has been a shortage of paramedics locally and nationally. Mr. Glover has said keeping paramedics is difficult because once they get to that level they need only a little more schooling to become a nurse, which can pay more .
According to a recent county vacancy report, the pay range for the open positions is $29,785 to $41,700.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, paramedics are becoming harder to retain. Demand is expected to increase as baby boomers age and need more medical care.
The bureaus latest statistics, from 2006, showed 201,000 EMTs and paramedics nationwide, but projected demand by 2016 to be 240,000, a 19 percent increase.
Aiken County recently started an EMT apprenticeship program at Aiken Technical College. Those interested in becoming an EMT can also ask about the countys cadet program by calling (803) 642-1624.