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ESSEX — With an ever increasing volume of 911 calls, Essex Rescue has hired four new full time staff members.

The goal is to help increase the number of ambulances serving the community. 

Caitlin Douglass

Caitlin is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. She is currently in the end of her paramedic program and is excited to become a full time paramedic.

Before becoming active in the emergency medicine community Caitlin was working full time in design management. Caitlin became interested in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) when she took a CPR re-certification class and was looking for a way to give back and connect with the local community. After signing up for an EMT class. she contacted Essex Rescue to do a ride along. She loved the wide array of experience that members of Essex Rescue held and the sense of community within the organization. She joined as a volunteer and was finally hired full time this year.

Outside of Essex Rescue, Caitlin can be found mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, skiing or Jack jumping. She loves good food and enjoy trying new recipes, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family. 

Michelle Franklin

Michelle is a Paramedic who began volunteering in EMS in 2004 with Waterbury Ambulance. She has since worked full time and per diem for various Vermont EMS organizations including Barre Town. She applied to Essex Rescue for a full time Paramedic position because she knew of Essex Rescue's good reputation.

Michelle grew up in Charlotte and just bought a house in Richmond. She had a pandemic wedding in 2020 which had to be rescheduled twice. 

Alex Rogers

Alex is an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and she is currently working towards her Paramedic Degree. Prior to obtaining her AEMT, she graduated with a bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience. She applied to Essex Rescue to further serve her community.

Outside of EMS Alex enjoys hiking, running, canoeing and playing with her dog. She grew up in Cambridge VT and currently lives in Essex.

Courtney Newman-Tomaino

Courtney is an AEMT currently working towards her Paramedic license. She has run with Essex Rescue for the past three years as a volunteer, then a per diem member and is now full time. When she began at Essex Rescue as a volunteer three years ago, the nights she ran rescue quickly became the highlight of her week.

She enjoys meeting the physical and emotional needs of her fellow community members. Courtney is from Jericho and enjoys outdoor activities as well as being a mom of two energetic children.

Essex Rescue would like to welcome these new full-time members and thank them in advance for their service. These individuals will help Essex Rescue to provide high quality and timely service. 

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