TRENTON – Legislation to help emergency medical technicians get back to work sooner was unanimously approved this week by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
The bill (S-2411) would allow municipalities to hire laid-off EMTs without having to use Civil Service Lists, provided the termination occurred within the preceding 60 months. It would also allow the hiring of EMTs who have been laid off before completing a working test or probationary period and had not yet received permanent status. Under these circumstances, a non-permanent EMT would be required to complete the remainder of any probationary/field work test period.
A municipality hiring under the provisions of the bill would have to give first priority to its own residents and second priority to residents of the county not residing in the municipality.
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