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Chickasaw County Public Ambulance Makes Slow Progress

Despite no ambulances and no director in place, Chickasaw County continues to push towards starting a county-run ambulance service by January 1st.

At this week’s Chickasaw County Supervisors meeting, Bridget Edson with the Ambulance Advisory Committee urged the Board to keep other important target dates to meet in mind (as of Monday).

While Supervisors have voted to purchase some equipment for the inside of the ambulances, they don’t have any ambulances yet. Supervisor Chair Matt Kuhn says they only have enough money to start with two rigs, but having a third would be preferred if one goes down for repairs.

County Attorney David Laudner also noted several large pieces of the ambulance puzzle remain to be solved. 

Supervisors named co-medical directors last week, but they still need an EMS Director, with applications accepted until September 30th. The Board decided they will conduct the interviews rather than name a separate committee to recommend a candidate and that those interviews should wait anyway until after they adopt an ordinance to officially establish the Chickasaw County EMS as its own department. A public hearing for that ordinance is scheduled during the Supervisors regular meeting on Monday morning.

Mark Pitz

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