June 20, 2018

The Carroll County Board of Supervisors approved an updated ambulance union agreement on June 11.

The agreement addresses full-time employees’ salaries — the only thing they can bargain for after a collective-bargaining law enacted last year by the State Legislature reduced union workers’ bargaining ability to address only base wages.

Wendy Baker, a paramedic who also serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Carroll County Paramedics Association, a group of union members with Carroll County Ambulance Service, said she doesn’t see the change in bargaining laws as a major problem for the Carroll County Ambulance Service.

“Any of the union contracts, we’ve worked closely with our supervisors on them,” she said. “It’s not a big issue as of right now.”

Beginning on July 1, any new full-time paramedic with the Carroll County Ambulance Service will make $44,249. That increases to $46,707 after six months and $49,165 after one year.

Beginning on July 1, 2019, new full-time paramedics will receive a salary of $45,265, which will increase to $47,779 after six months and $50,294 after 12 months.

Regular hourly wages for part-time paramedics are $18.84 as of July 1, 2018, which will increase to $19.27 July 1, 2019. Critical-care endorsement paramedics will make $18.99 an hour July 1, 2018, and will increase to $19.42 beginning July 1, 2019. An emergency medical technician will make $14.29 beginning July 1, 2018, and will increase to $14.62 on July 1, 2019.

The Carroll County Ambulance Service currently employees 10 full-time paramedics and has seven part-time paramedics on their payroll.