By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - From the age of 3, George L. Thomas IV loved fire trucks and ambulances.
"I was just really into it," he said.
Today, Thomas, 35, starts his job as the new Jefferson County emergency ambulance coordinator.
His hiring by the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority was approved last Thursday by the county commissioners
Thomas is expected to coordinate the establishment of a county-wide emergency ambulance service in Jefferson County.
The emergency ambulance service in the county is provided by four of the five volunteer fire companies.
Like other surrounding areas, the volunteer medics have been stretched thin from a lack of people available to run calls, particularly during the daytime when the volunteers are at their paid jobs, said Chief Edwin D. Smith of the Independent Fire Co.