First responders discuss gaps in EMS
Marlinton, WV – Everyone might be navigating the same rough waters, but not everyone is in the same boat. That was the consensus Tuesday when about 40 people gathered on a snowy night at the Pocahontas County Courthouse to discuss emergency medical service.
The short-term problem is that STAT Ambulance, a private company that has been making runs in the Marlinton area since 2005 has announced that it will leave the county just a couple of weeks from now.
The long-term problem is that the volunteer system of Emergency Medical Service is not working the way it used to, with more training and accountability required of volunteers, a shrinking population and volunteers who are aging.
Gathered Tuesday night were volunteer EMTs and Paramedics, along with state EMS workers, members of the county EMS authority and 911 Advisory Board and the County Commission.
Commissioners asked the room to direct them in the best way to solve the problems at hand.
What they got was a mix of answers.
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