Clay County EMS has is having trouble filling emergency medical technicians (EMT) positions, EMS director director Marvin VanBlaricon reported to Clay County Commissioners this morning.

Part of that is because the starting salary of an EMT is below $10 an hour. Similar EMS services that have the same number of runs as Clay County EMS (1,000 a year)  are paying around $11 and $12 an hour for starting salaries. Mitchell County in western Kansas is paying $13 an hour for starting EMTs.