Illinois Takes Bold Step to Tackle Firefighter and Paramedic Shortage


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KANKAKEE – State Senator Patrick Joyce has been appointed co-chair of the newly minted Recruiting and Retaining Public Employee Firefighters and Paramedics Task Force. 

A brainchild of Joyce’s earlier efforts, the task force gains momentum with Senate President Don Harmon naming Joyce and State Representative Mike Kelly as its front-runners.

“For quite some time, we have seen an issue recruiting and retaining first responders for different emergencies – which is detrimental to our neighbors,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “I’m ready to figure out the why, and to find solutions to tackle this shortage of workers in order to keep all of our communities safe.”

Joyce’s tenure is slated to run till January 2025, promising strategic measures to safeguard Illinois residents.


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