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Ambulance company making progress on restructuring

December 19, 1997

SMITHSBURG - The troubled Sharpsburg ambulance company has made steady progress over the past two weeks toward reorganizing the squad and building its membership, the president of the Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association said Thursday.

At the association's monthly meeting here, Jay Grimes said Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services Inc. has about 20 applications from people interested in volunteering.

The company was placed on probation over the summer because the number of active emergency medical technicians had dropped to four.

At the same time, the company has filled all of its officer positions, Grimes said.

"At this point, it sounds like they're on the right track," he said.

The county association had threatened to shut down the company by the end of the year if it did not maintain at least 10 active EMTs. To continue meeting its service, the department hired paid staff to cover daytime hours.

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Grimes said the association will continue to monitor the company every 30 days to ensure that its failure rate does not rise above 15 percent.

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