Commissioner John Ford agreed, as he had voiced his opposition to the classroom when it was first brought up. Adams says he doesn’t believe they would need that room is a necessity. Commissioner Kathryn Focke had favored having the classroom space.
Three new full time positions, one for each shift, will be added to help fill unused hours due to short staffing. Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Ward said Monday the extra 364 hours full time staff has been working, is extensive.
Ward says the current model is normal for a fire or police department, but not for EMS or ambulance and is aimed at improving employees’ work/life balance. Since 2018, the department has had progressively fewer as needed staff members on our roster. Adams says 70 percent of their unscheduled time off was filled with these positions.
This restructuring does take into account the new ambulance station planned in northern Riley County. Adams says this was the tipping point showing this will work.