Paramedic Coded Assign Hire to End Sept. 9

The last day for the Paramedic Coded Assign Hire trial program, recently rejected by rank-and-file paramedics, is September 9, 2007. All paramedic vacancies starting on September 10 will be filled using the previous Assign Hire procedures, with the following exceptions.

All firefighter/paramedics assigned to authorized paramedic positions are eligible for assign hire to paramedic positions only. The change here is that previously, RA paramedics and AE paramedics at stations with a paramedic RA were eligible for RA vacancies only, AE paramedics at stations without a paramedic RA were eligible for AE vacancies only, and rotational paramedics (those not in an authorized position) were eligible for FF vacancies only. During the trial program, a new MOU went into effect that authorized the rotational paramedic positions. The only paramedics who will not be eligible for assign hire as paramedics are those assigned to firefighter positions not authorized as paramedic positions. Otherwise, the rule is: a paramedic is a paramedic is a paramedic.

All firefighter/paramedics assigned to authorized paramedic positions are eligible for the 96-hour, "you can't touch me" exemption. Previously, only RA paramedics and AE paramedics at stations with a paramedic RA were eligible for this exemption. Paramedics assigned to firefighter positions not authorized as paramedic positions are not eligible for this exemption.

The 96-hour exemption is earned for any SOD worked in an authorized paramedic position. Previously, this exemption could only be earned by working on a paramedic RA.

Remember, since we're back to the old rules, detailing of paramedics moves back in front of assign hiring.

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