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Harrison County EMS shortages may be a thing of the past

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 06:29 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio – For nearly a year, EMS shortages have been a continuous concern for residents and officials in Harrison County.
Officials hope to bring the problem to an end with another agreement on the horizon.
After securing a contract for the volunteers earlier this month, commissioners were presented with options for backup contracts to ensure ems service to the entire county on Wednesday.
The three options they will mull over include two companies that they are already familiar with.
Covering the 400 square miles of Harrison County for 12 volunteer departments can stretch resources thin.
Harrison Community Hospital and Smith’s Ambulance have provided some of the assistance, but officials wanted to ensure there would be no gaps.
“The hospital and Smith’s EMT have worked real well with us in picking up those holes,” said Doug Crabtree of the Harrison County Engineer's Office.
“We just had got to the point we had to get a contract in place to make sure that continued.”
A third proposal came from an EMT service in Carroll County, and commissioners could use a combination of multiple contracts or choose just one.
Crabtree said that the volunteers often answer calls from other communities to best optimize their services, but the necessity is still there.
“We spread the resources the best we can,” he said. “But just to make sure those calls get answered we have to have a second and third backup for that.”
The final call will come down to what service will provide the best coverage at a cost officials feel is reasonable.
“You can only afford, to keep so many resources on hand and you have to have that balancing act as to what you can afford and what you can live with,” Crabtree said.

Harrison County EMS shortages may be a thing of the past

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