CAPUTO BILL MAKING IT EASIER FOR TOWNS TO HIRE LAID-OFF EMT’s GETS FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL

(TRENTON) – A measure sponsored by Assemblyman Ralph Caputo making it easier for municipalities to employ emergency medical technicians who have been laid off for economic reasons was approved 76-0 Monday by the Assembly, giving it final legislative approval.
“Emergency medical technicians are the ones we turn to when most in need,” said Caputo (D-Essex). “They tirelessly work long hours protecting and saving lives, and they deserve every consideration we can give them in this tough economy. This bill is the right thing to do to help keep these courageous public servants on the job as much as possible.”
Under the bill (A-3484), municipalities with paid EMTs would be permitted to appoint permanent status EMTs who were laid off for reasons of economy to vacant positions.
Caputo also sponsored similar laws to help laid off police (A-207) and firefighters (A-2031).
“These bills are commonsense approaches to helping the brave men and women who protect our safety each and every day, but they’re also valuable tools when it comes to property tax relief,” Caputo said. “Making it easier for local governments to hire laid-off EMTs, police and firefighters also helps save money on training costs that won’t have to be incurred. The taxpayers win at every angle.”
Under the bill, laid off EMTs would get priority status for reemployment for 60 months.
The bill permits municipalities that employ EMTs to hire EMTs who have been laid-off for reasons of the economy before completing their working test or probation period and granted permanent employment status, though a nonpermanent EMT appointed under this program must complete the remainder of any probationary or field work test period.