First Responder EMS-Sacramento Inc. said it plans to close its operations later this year, resulting in the loss of 66 jobs. The company provides ambulance and emergency medical services throughout the Sacramento area and was one of the 13 providers for the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services System.
The company filed its notice with the California Employment Development Department on June 30. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requires large businesses to give early warning of layoffs and closures.
According to the WARN report, the following jobs will be eliminated: six paramedics, 37 emergency medical technicians, eight dispatchers, three drivers, nine managers/supervisors, two registered nurses, and one auto mechanic.
The company said the job losses were expected to begin on or about August 31. The entire facility is likely to undergo permanent closure. There is no mention of the halt in operations on the company’s web site; in fact, the link to “Employment” is still working.
Jason Brollini, president of United EMS Workers, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4911, said that the union, which represents workers in Sacramento, had been notified of the upcoming closure. However, he added that the closure notification caught him off guard.
Brollini said union representatives will be meeting with First Responder EMS-Sacramento Inc. to discuss options going forward, including placing workers with other emergency and transportation service providers in the area.
In addition to First Responder EMS-Sacramento Inc., a number of California businesses have filed WARN reports with the California Employment Development Department in July.
In the first seven days of the month, six companies have filed eight notices affecting 1,033 employees. Palo Alto-based SSL (formerely Space Systems/Loral, LLC) announced 173 permanent layoffs, Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) is eliminating 87 positions, Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), is jettisoning 57 positions, and charter school Options for Youth in Victor Valley, Inc. is giving 108 the pink slip.
Los Angeles-based Ebisu Marketing, Corp. also announced 116 permanent job losses and retailer BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC filed for 492 permanent layoffs.
“WARN Notice,” State of California Employment Development Department, last accessed July 12, 2017.
“Calif. EMS agency to close, with loss of 66 jobs,” EMS1, July 12, 2017.
“Employment,” First Responder EMS, Inc., last accessed July 12, 2017.