Now, obviously, no one wants to go without paramedics, or badmouth their profession. When you need them, there's no one you're more glad to see.
Website ranks Port Angeles as a prime spot for paramedics, EMTs
continuing Internet cavalcade of “best places” to live, work, hike and bike,
Port Angeles late last month fetched up in the top 100 cities to be an
emergency medical technician (EMT) or the more highly skilled paramedic, according
to the data-analyst firm www.GoodCall.com.
city ranked as it did primarily because of its popularity with job candidates,
meaning competition is keen for the jobs GoodCall said pay $58,670 per year,
third-highest among departments it surveyed across the country.
listed Port Angeles’ salary for EMTs and paramedics at $58,670 — third best in
the nation — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational
included in Port Angeles’ ranking was a housing affordability index of 18.89,
the percentage of the aforesaid income that goes to buying or renting a home.
Port Angeles’ amenities per 1,000 housing units — theaters, concert halls,
libraries, museums and galleries — came in at 5.98. The top score in the
country went to artsy Santa Fe, N.M., with 18.17.
So, yeah, you want paramedics, and you want them to be qualified, but...Does Port Angeles really need to pay the third best salaries in the nation? More to the point, can Port Angeles afford to pay the third best salaries in the nation?
As an indicator for a community, this ranking is actually really bad news, illustrating as it does so many of the problems plaguing the City. First, of course, there's the overspending, and lack of budgetary discipline or reality.
Second, look at those low, low prices for housing. The housing stock in Port Angeles is generally rundown, and sells for cheap. Great for money-saving EMTs who want to put in a few years and then buy elsewhere with their bankroll, but not good for the community as a whole. (As a hole?)
Meanwhile, Port Angeles, once again, rates almost off the charts low in cultural amenities. That's a quality of life killer, and a barrier to attracting tourists.
Finally, why does Port Angeles need so many paramedics and EMTs? And why is it such a great place for them to train and get experience? What keeps them so busy? It's the double-whammy of an aging population and extremely high rates of drug abuse.
So a sincere thank you to the first responders of the world. We hope you enjoy your nice house in Poulsbo in a few years. In the meantime...