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Aug 1, 2017

BERT rebuilds EMT cadre after defections due to pay

Just last year, BERT temporarily closed its doors but was able to reach an agreement with the Ministry of Health for a forty-five thousand dollar subvention for operational costs. General Manager Carillo says it is enough to keep the doors open at BERT. But the organization recently saw several of its emergency medical trained technicians moving on to other institutions. So how is the organization adjusting to this change?


Andrei Carillo, General Manager/National Coordinator, BERT

Andrei Carillo

“One of the things that we did to counter the lost of employees was to run additional EMT courses; as you know, BERT is also a training center and so we are able to train EMTs to get them licensed as well. And so we ran a few classes and that phenomenon when we had lost employees was as a result of the different regional hospitals and government as well hiring…as well as the tour companies. So the running of the class allows us to create that supply of labor to be able to fill the gaps. So we can announce now that we have been able to build back to that golden number of eighteen EMTs to support the Belize District as well as the air support.”


According to Carillo, they also had to adjust the salaries to meet the pay scale of the government and the offers by tour companies. 

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