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Contract finalized for backup EMS in Harrison County

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 06:51 PM EDT

HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio –For nearly a year, EMS shortages have been a concern for residents and officials in Harrison County.
After securing a contract for the volunteers in March, commissioners were presented with options for backup contracts to ensure EMS service to the entire county, which is primarily taken care of by 12 volunteer departments.
On Wednesday, commissioners accepted a one-year contract with the Harrison Community Hospital for those services.
“It's refreshing to have that document in place knowing that we can move forward and continue to keep the county covered for emergency services and protect the citizens of the area,” said Doug Crabtree, president of the Harrison County EMS association.
Crabtree said the backup units are extremely important, particularly in a large situation that requires multiple units to respond.
"(Wednesday) morning, obviously there was a wreck on 250,” Crabtree said. “It taxes the resources of the county. And as our volunteers are busy down there, the backup services are covering the other parts of the county."
The contract, now officially in place and reviewed by the county prosecutor, will help alleviate concerns by residents and county officials about EMS needs that have been growing for the past year.
“Like I said, it's a service,” Crabtree said. “Unless you're the one needing it at that moment, it's something you don't really think about."
The contract will be revisited next year. Crabtree says this is the first time they have worked on a one -year contract with the backup EMS services, but said the possibility exists for it to be extended next year.

Contract finalized for backup EMS in Harrison County

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