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County pulls contract
Local life squads respond to takeover

Wanda Burnett

After the news that county commissioners were severing ties with three area life squads, the units’ members responded and have questions of their own. First, some squad members and leadership want to know why they had to learn about the situation in a newspaper or on social media. Jim Corbin, county EMS director, was instructed to send letters to each of the squads to let them know. Second, they have many of the same concerns cited for their contracts being cut by the county. How will this affect patient care? Can every run be made? And, is funding feasible for the new program

This all came as a result of action taken on February 1 at the regular meeting of the county commissioners. After a brief discussion and hearing from Corbin, commissioners voted unanimously to no longer contract with Milan Rescue 30, Sunman Rescue 20 or Ripley County Rescue 69. This means that ambulance service would be operated by the county EMS with a paramedic provided on each run, and therefore, no county funds would be allocated to the three squads. The commissioners said they think this is fiscally responsible and best for patient care. No rescue squad members were present when the vote took place. Several squad members and leaders met with the newspaper, after the commissioners’ meeting, to express their views on the issue. Read squad members and leaders responses in The Versailles Republican dated February 11, 2016.


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