Ambulance service seeks employees in Roswell

July 18, 2014 • Local News

Superior Ambulance Service needs employees in Roswell, but is having trouble finding qualified applicants — especially paramedics.

Chris Archuleta, CEO of Superior Ambulance Service, told the city’s Ambulance Administrative Oversight Committee that the shortage of personnel is affecting the ambulance service’s ability to fully staff the ambulance the city uses for out-of-town runs.

“This doesn’t affect 911 service; we have three units dedicated to 911,” Archuleta said. But the shortage of paramedics is a problem, and it is becoming a statewide issue.

Archuleta said New Mexico has started requiring newly minted paramedics to possess a two-year degree with their training, which not only takes longer to get qualified paramedics in the field, but once they receive an associate’s degree, they often stay in school and continue on to get a nursing degree.

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