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Cabell EMS 2

Typically, a Cabell County EMS ambulance is staffed by an emergency medical technician (EMT), who handles most of the basic health procedures, and a paramedic who performs more complex procedures.

CHARLESTON — State lawmakers met in Charleston on Tuesday to discuss a new initiative hours after it was launched by Gov. Jim Justice to address the state’s need for emergency medical service workers.

The new “EMS WV: Answer the Call program” was backed with $10 million from CARES Act funds to pay for strategic initiatives to hopefully bolster the state’s EMS workforce and better equip communities to care for West Virginians in need.

Courtney Hessler is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, primarily covering Marshall University. Follow her on Facebook.com/CHesslerHD and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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