Evansdale hires first full-time paramedic

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Evansdale has hired its first full-time paramedic after years of relying on paid, on-call volunteers.

Fire Chief Kent Smock told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/GzWNlJ ) that the city decided to hire a full-time paramedic after repeatedly struggling to staff ambulance calls. If no paramedic were available, the department would rely on a response by a local hospital ambulance, which delayed help reaching the person in need.

Evansdale Fire and Rescue hired 28-year-old Jennifer Sorensen on Sept. 9.

Sorensen grew up on a farm near Hudson and worked as a paramedic in Grinnell before deciding to return to the area for the Evansdale job.

Smock called the hire a big step for Evansdale but that having a full-time paramedic was a relief.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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