Chris Cluff, EMT-I from Kennebunk, Maine brought this article to my attention through a comment on this site (Thanks, Chris!).
Per diems keep agencies alive
This article from the Portland Press Herald highlights themes already mentioned in this blog: EMS as a profession (As a profession why do we have to work 60 - 80 hours/week to afford to eat?) and How many hours do you work? (ditto).
I think this article also shows, woven through and between the lines, the spirit, dedication and ethic of the EMS provider. While we need further recognition (and fewer hours/more pay), we are a proud lot.
In the small world category, Samantha Massey (mentioned in the article--and was one of my paramedic students) was kind enough to model for this photo which was used in the August, 2006 issue of EMS Magazine.
You made us proud, Sam. Thanks.