TRENTON – Legislation to help emergency medical technicians get back to work sooner was unanimously approved Monday by the state Senate.
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 but had not yet received permanent status at their previous place of employment. However, 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.
The measure is similar to legislation to help firefighters and law enforcement officers affected by budget cuts resulting from the economic downturn.
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