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Work Remains to Get Chickasaw County Public Ambulance Running 

Now just over four months away, multiple “I’s” to dot and “T’s” to cross remain to get a county-run ambulance service up and running in Chickasaw County.

Currently, the County is served privately by Jeremy McGrath and Chickasaw Ambulance Services, but his contract ends December 31st. He’s offered to sell his ambulances and equipment to the County, but this week the Board of Supervisors failed to pass a resolution to make the purchase for about $1.1 million after a split vote of 2-2, with Supervisor Steven Breitbach absent.

Supervisor Chair Matt Kuhn expressed a preference to buy new rather than used, although buying McGrath’s equipment is not a dead issue. 

County Attorney David Laudner recommended that the Board solidify their approach to purchasing equipment.

McGrath initially told Supervisors Monday was his “drop dead date” to sell his equipment to the County, but later said he could wait a little longer if the County needed more time to research equipment pricing and availability.

The Board also discussed the job description for an ambulance service director with a possible salary range of $70,000 to $90,000, depending on qualifications and EMS certifications.

And, while not official, Supervisors were generally in favor of naming the county-run ambulance, Chickasaw County EMS.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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