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Aug. 17 hearing set for ambulance issue

August 07, 2000

Aug. 17 hearing set for ambulance issue


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Residents can give their opinions about the availability of emergency medical care in the Marlowe, W. Va., area at a public hearing slated for Aug. 17.

Plans are in the works by the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority to build an ambulance station in the northern part of the county that would serve Marlowe and other areas.

Marlowe is served by the Bedington Ambulance Co. in Bedington, W.Va., which has a mutual aid agreement with the Williamsport Ambulance Co. in neighboring Williamsport, Md.

Bedington responded to 205 calls in that area last year and Williamport responded to 250, ambulance company officials said.

Representatives from the Bedington and Williamsport companies want to know whether residents would like Williamsport to continue to cover calls in Marlowe.


Officials from the ambulance authority could not be reached for comment.

The public meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Marlowe Ruritan building. Bedington, Williamsport and Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority representatives will be there.

All residents are encouraged to come, said Bedington Ambulance Chief Lorri Barron.

"There's been a lot of misinformation about how things work and we want to give people a chance to find out (the facts)," she said.

Barron said Bedington welcomes Williamsport's help in covering the Marlowe area's 1,400 households because the Washington County company is closer, has a larger staff and more vehicles.

She said Williamsport provides excellent care to patients.

The ambulance authority operates a station off Exit 5 in the southern part of the county and leases space from the county on South Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Once the north end station off Interstate 81's Exit 23 near Falling Waters, W.Va, is opened, the ambulance authority will move the ambulance out of the county building.

Williamsport Ambulance Chief Bo Myers said his company relies on the income it receives from going on calls and fund-raising in the Marlowe area. Willamsport also wants to continue to serve Marlowe because it has have done so for more than 10 years, he added.

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