Pocahontas County EMS/Ambulance Service Passes State Inspections

At the May 2nd Pocahontas County Commission meeting, Commissioner Rebinski provided an update on the new county EMS Ambulance organization. He said the county ambulance service has recently passed all its required state inspections, which were one of the last obstacles before they can actually begin providing ambulance response.

The very last obstacle is that are still waiting for the approval letter from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) which will authorize their medics to stock the ambulance with and use controlled life-saving or pain-relieving drugs when they respond to an emergency medical call. Rebinski said he cannot predict when the DEA will provide this written authorization, but hopes it will be soon.

Additionally at this meeting, the commissioners approved their revised agreement with the WV Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the county to lease the campground of the Handley Wildlife Management Area. The commissioners had previously approved a copy of the agreement sent to them by the DNR, however that copy did not include the required statement that it had been approved by the State Attorney General, so at this meeting, the commissioners needed to approve the revised agreement.

Commission President Walt Helmick explained the improvements already done to their part of the Handley property, as well as some planned future improvements. He said they have improved and installed site numbers to the 15 original RV campsites and improved the road into and around those sites; they relocated the ball field; and have been working on improving the water system. Future projects include having the DNR continue to monitor the water conditions at the lake, the county will put stone and gravel on the roads; and they plan to have the campsites ready for occupancy by the end of May, Additionally, they will set up a self-service box style camping fee collection system.

Helmick also explained why the commission chose to move ahead with these improvements to the Handley property themselves rather than wait on a decision from Parks and Recreation as to whether they could handle the added responsibility of administrating the property. Helmick said they decided that the commission could move faster on this.

Additionally at the meeting:

  • The commissioners approved the request of County Prosecutor Terri Helmick to hire Jamie Hill to fill a vacant position. Hill will start on May 3rd with a salary of $36,000 per year with full-time benefits.
  • They appointed Teresa Sheets to fill the North Central Community Action’s Public Sector Seat.
  • The commissioners reviewed and approved the deed received from the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital and from the County Building Commission for two acres of land behind the Hospital. This will be the site where the new 911 Center/EMS facility will be built. Now that the lease has been approved, it can be recorded by the County Clerk’s Office.
  • They approved of and issued a resolution to proceed with the Court Security Grant.
  • The commissioners appointed Tiffany Long as a County Coroner. She is an EMT and attended Nursing School.
  • And, they voted to approve Ann Walker’s contribution request on behalf of Experience the Arts, a non-profit organization. The commissioners contributed $4,500 which will be used to support the 6th annual “Art in the Park” event at Watoga State Park, which will be held on Labor Day Weekend.

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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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