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Ideas That Work: Part-Time Pros
Local Firefighters Make Great Hires
OSD Staff
Publish Date: October 5, 2015   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work
James Shaw EMT HERO HELP James Shaw EMT, an orderly for Andrews Institute ASC and firefighter for Escambia County in Pensacola Fla.

Part-Time Pros
Local Firefighters Make Great Hires

help around the facility? Check with your local fire department to see if any of the firefighters want a part-time gig. They're typically on for 24 hours and might have several days off between shifts, so they're often available for per diem work. We work with 4 firefighters. They're smart and fast learners. They help turn over ORs, stock linen, clean and organize storage and equipment rooms, help position patients and run lab work to the local hospital. They're obviously experts in fire safety and are often trained as paramedics, so we have an emergency response team on site most days. They even help teach staff basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support.

Barbara Holder, RN, BSN, LHRM
Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center
Gulf Breeze, Fla.
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