New Pocahontas County Ambulance EMS Service Might Start-up in April

During the March 21st Pocahontas County Commission Meeting, Commissioner John Rebinski announced that the new county ambulance service, which he said will be formally called the “Pocahontas County Ambulance EMS” is scheduled to be inspected by the state in the second week of April. He said if it passes that inspection, it will be able to start providing service in the northern end of the county, maybe as soon as April 10th or 17th. Rebinski said it will be known as Station 12.

Rebinski also said he is considering two medics who have shown an interest in being part-time members of the new service. One of these medics is from Lewisburg, and the other one is from the Panhandle. According to Rebinski, the new ambulance service will begin by using a fully equipped ambulance loaned to them by the Cass Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, and the county will provide the insurance for that vehicle for as long as they use it. He said he is already looking at possibly purchasing used ambulances for the new service down the road.

Beth Little announced that the Hillsboro Library Friends will hold an Earth Day Program on April 22nd starting with a reception in the library at 5:00 pm followed by an open forum on community preparedness and disaster management in the county at 6 pm. This will be facilitated by Michael M. Barrick, an author and Disaster Response Expert.

The commissioners also voted to approve the long-term agreement with the Pocahontas County Saddle Club for them to be able to continue to use, and make improvements on the field next to the Former Shoe Factory building. Marlinton Mayor Sam Felton said the rodeos that the Saddle Club has been running on that site have been successful and are an economic benefit to the town.

The commissioners voted to open a checking account for the old Board of Education Building Demolition Project, at the request of Donna Ward of Region 4. She also asked the commissioners to approve the environmental report for the PMH Roof and HVAC Project, which they also did.  Ward said that once that report has been discussed at a public meeting and published in the Pocahontas Times, the project will be ready to start.

The commissioners also agreed to approve the 2021 Emergency Management Performance Grant. Mike O’Brien told them this grant will reimburse the county general fund one half the cost of the salaries of the county Emergency Management employees. He said the county received about $31,000 from the grant the previous year, and there are no restrictions on how the commission can use that money.

Additionally at the meeting:

  • The commissioners removed the representative of the Mulvie Grimes Estate and appointed the Sheriff as that estate’s representative.
  • They approved the annual inspection agreement with SecuriTech for the courthouse fire alarm system.
  • They increased the part-time hours of Kevin Stitzinger of the Emergency Management Office by allowing him to work an additional 200 hours until the end of the current fiscal year, June 30, 2023.
  • The commissioners also approved the county’s annual budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.


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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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