Paramedic Coded Assign Hire Voted Down
The Coded Assign Hire Trial Program for paramedics is in limbo in the wake of its rejection by rank-and-file paramedics. A majority of United Firefighters of Los Angeles paramedics voted to end the trial, which was scheduled to end August 15. A Special Notice issued by LAFD administration officials acknowledged the vote, but added that "the current coded Assign Hire program will continue to be used to fill paramedic vacancies until Network Staffing System changes can be addressed. The Department will continue to work with UFLAC to determine the appropriate Paramedic Assign Hire procedures to return to, including procedures consistent with the recently increased number of authorized paramedic positions." Assign Hires beyond August 15 will remain in place until more information is available.