Future of single-role paramedics in limbo in Oregon city

  • Source: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland
  • Published: 01/10/2020 12:00 AM

Amy Quinn has been a paramedic for years. She will be the first to tell you she would not trade it for anything. "It's really nice to be able to help the community and it's nice to make those one-on-one connections with the people who really want your help," she said. Quinn has been working at the Scappoose Rural Fire District as a single-role paramedic. On Wednesday, Quinn and the other single-role paramedic found out they were being laid off. "Losing a job you love kind of blows," said Quinn. "It hurts your heartstrings and makes your stomach ache a little." "It is kind of unprecedented," added Ron Morgan of the Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union. Morgan believes the two layoffs will negatively impact the Scappoose community. "The fire department will go back to having to down-staff their engine to run medical calls and transport patients in the area," he said.


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