GLENDALE — The city's ambulance program that was set up to handle less pressing emergency calls is in the process of expanding, officials said, with plans in place to hire up to 10 part-time operators.
The Glendale Fire Department's Basic Life Support program will add ambulance operators to fill recently vacant positions and supplement its expanding medic program, officials said.
Fire officials are planning to hire three to 10 part-time operators to replace others who have left because they were hired on as firefighters with the department or are working with other agencies, said Greg Anderson, Glendale Fire's emergency medical technician coordinator.
The unit has four vacant positions, said Mania Hoonanian, the city's senior human resources analyst.
With the new hires, fire officials are planning to expand their Basic Life Support program to include an early-morning shift, Anderson said.
The program was created to help the department's paramedics with the bulk of non-emergency calls, which often slow response times to more pressing calls, he said.