Meck County grants MEDIC more than $700K in federal funding

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Mecklenburg County’s EMS service will receive more than $705,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.

The Mecklenburg County manager approved the request Tuesday night. It includes retention bonuses for EMTs, paramedics, telecommunicators and technicians.

Full-time MEDIC employees will get a $5,000 bonus. Part-time employees will get a $2,500 paid out over two years. The first payment will go out this year, the remaining amount next year.

Last month, MEDIC was not included in the initial round ARPA funding.

MEDIC has struggled with staffing shortages throughout the pandemic. Some employees are leaving for other agencies that offer hiring bonuses and better pay.

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