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Denison OKs temporary plan for private paramedics

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Private paramedics will ride aboard Denison Fire Rescue ambulances until the city can train new recruits. (KTEN) Private paramedics will ride aboard Denison Fire Rescue ambulances until the city can train new recruits. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison Fire Rescue is low on staffed paramedics.

Now it's trying to remedy the shortage with the help of a private firm.

In May, the City of Denison said it would be keeping its emergency medical service in-house after considering the option of outsourcing the service.

But this month, the city announced it would be partnering with private EMS provider LifeNet Inc. which will temporarily supplement DFR's staff until the department can train new recruits.

LifeNet employees will operate alongside Denison Fire Rescue staff in familiar city-owned vehicles.

"While we go through this process, there will be no change of service to the citizens of Denison," said Chief Gregg Loyd."We'll still respond 911; there will be a Denison Fire Rescue personnel on every single ambulance call; and we'll keep that through the process until we get back to full staff."

The new hires will take a paramedic class at Grayson College, then the process of state testing begins.

Chief Loyd estimates it will take around nine months to get the new city employees ready to replace the temporary paramedics.

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