Small town EMS using out-of-town volunteers to try and fill the void

Members of the Conway Springs volunteer EMS are having to pull long hours, due to a shortage of help.

It has forced them to bring in volunteers from out of town, just to meet the state’s requirement of having two crew members staff an ambulance around the clock.

Billie Nickell is an Advanced EMT with Conway Springs EMS.  She’s been volunteering since 1990.

“When i’m on days, I’m on from 3 a.m. until 6 p.m., that’s a 15 hour day,” said Nickell.

Long days because they’ve simply not had enough people to cover what is needed.

“A lot of our people have been putting in 200 hours a month, on top of full time jobs,” said Dawn Cornejo, Conway Spring EMS Service Director.

She says the people she’s pulled in are from several other communities.

“We have a couple people come in from Wichita, one from Goddard, one from Derby, and one from Winfield,” said Cornejo.

(Read more: KSN Local News)