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Prop 11: Should EMTs, paramedics be required to stay 'on call' during breaks?

Posted at 10:52 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 03:16:07-04

A new ballot measure is looking to reform how EMT's treat their time off the clock. Proposition 11 requires private sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to remain on-call during work breaks.

A 'Yes' vote on this measure means that companies would continue the procedure that's been in place for decades which requires paramedics and EMT's to remain on call even when on breaks.

A 'No' vote would mean that private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for the industry. If the proposition doesn't pass, first responders would have to turn off communication to dispatchers completely when on break.

More information on the proposition as well as what can be found on the ballot, can be found here.