By STEVEN T. DENNIS
SHARPSBURG - The last all-volunteer ambulance squad in Washington County will have paid personnel starting today, according to Jay Grimes, president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
The board of directors of the troubled Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services plans to hire a paramedic and an emergency medical technician who would work during daytime hours, said Robert Cumberland, a spokesman for the fire and rescue association.
Three years ago, Williamsport Ambulance Service was the first squad outside the City of Hagerstown to have paid personnel, said Alan Butsch, a Williamsport paid paramedic. Since then, the other ambulance companies, except for Sharpsburg, had followed suit, mostly to cover daytime hours when it's hard to find volunteers, Cumberland said.