October 3, 2015

No AmbulanceAround 10:30AM this morning TWG was notified that Medic 1 housed at Jackson Lake was not staffed and hadn’t been since early this morning.

At 1:30PM Medic 1 was still not staffed and it appears it will not be staffed all day long.


Anyone that could possibly need an ambulance needs to be aware that the time it would take to get to the lake or North Alcovy area will be much longer than usual.


 Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.

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  1. Samthemanwithnoplan says:

    James also refuses to give OT to paramedics and EMTs he doesn’t like/wants gone. James and Debra will both outright refuse to answer them when they ask about over time.

  2. Dori Strock says:

    Jasper could very well staff the ambulance if they didn’t continue to push people out the door who questioned the unethical and unprofessional behavior of Director and the so called billing lady. I could name you 8-10 people right off the bat that have been pushed out. And you have several more that are trying to be. Get rid of James.

  3. Bo says:

    The EMS director is salaried and restricted on work hours. And thus can’t work shift work. So Steve there is your answer. As to why people get taken off said “roster”, best guess there is people who say they want to work never actually do, or they don’t show up for work.

    • taxdogs says:

      Since when are people on salary restricted on their work hours? People on salary usually work many more hours then 40 a week.

    • Steve says:

      “Bo don’t know Diddley” -I find it hard to believe that there is no one willing or able to work (or work an additional shift) and receive overtime pay in Newton and Jasper County. Most EMS employees work multiple jobs for other ambulance services. By the way, most salaried personnel are expected to work the hours necessary to do his job. EMT/ Director Gregory could have shown support for his Paramedics, EMT’s but most of all the citizens of this county who needed an ambulance. I would say that Mr. Gregory needs to have a larger list of part time staff. If this is an ongoing issue then why has he not fixed it?

  4. Steve says:

    Why didn’t Mr. Gregory step up and work that shift? Good leadership would have filled in and worked the shift.

  5. pmdcblue says:

    There is a profession-wide personnel shortage. Every EMS agency is being impacted…those without competitive salaries are being hit the hardest.

  6. Linda Miller says:

    Why isn’t there anyone there to staff the ambulance today????

    • taxdogs says:

      You will need to ask your Commissioner and James Gregory, the EMS Director.

      • Nunya says:

        Ask him why he keeps removing people from the roster to begin with. You would think that if he has room to let people go, they woukd have enough personnel to staff trucks.

    • Bo says:

      According to someone I asked, there are 3 people on staff who are out for medical reasons. On top of that, I’ve also been told people who are scheduled to work are not showing up…they’re calling off leaving them short. I’d expect people already had plans for the weekend and no one was available to come in to fill in. Are you going to volunteer to go to work on a Saturday when UGA is at home playing football? I doubt it. On a side note, our neighboring counties also have problems with staffing. Rumor is that Newton County had a truck not running over the weekend because of lack of staff, as did THE MED/Navicent who covers Jones/Baldwyn/Macon. It’s not a Jasper County problem, it’s a regional problem that all services struggle with to staff their ambulances according to the state. The hospitals can’t staff their ERs sufficiently either

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