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CHARLESTON — State leaders in the emergency medical service industry are seeing signs of new life in the industry after a push to address worker shortages.

The “EMS WV: Answer the Call program” was launched in June and backed with $10 million from CARES Act funds to pay for strategic initiatives to hopefully bolster the state’s EMS workforce and better equip communities to care for West Virginians.

Courtney Hessler is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, primarily covering Marshall University. Follow her on Facebook.com/CHesslerHD and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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