Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Medical Services will continue a pilot program that has personnel working 12-hour shifts.
After ongoing discussions, the United Public Workers union told KHON2 it reached an agreement with the city to continue the extended shifts.
The pilot program, which had EMTs and paramedics working 12-hour shifts instead of eight, was launched in an effort to resolve staffing issues that led to ambulances being pulled off the road last year.
The program was set to end August 1. Both sides have been working to figure out the best possible schedule.
“In the original pilot, we had some units that were continuing on 8-hour work schedules, but with this new agreement which continues the pilot, all… field units, will be on a 12-hour work schedule,” said UPW director Dayton Nakanelua.
The program is scheduled to end in 2016.
Nakanelua says meetings will be held on a quarterly basis so members can continue to analyze and evaluate how the schedules are working.
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