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Ambulance oversight proposal put on hold

August 11, 2004|by TARA REILLY

A proposal to give Washington County oversight of ambulance operations in the county is on hold for at least two weeks.

The Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday to allow Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association members to vote on the proposal.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said he wanted the association to vote before the commissioners decide whether to create an emergency medical services coordinator, who would oversee activities of ambulance companies.

The Fire and Rescue Association currently handles that job.

Snook said he would like the vote to take place before the commissioners' next meeting in two weeks.

County Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth on Tuesday asked the commissioners to create the position.

The job would cost the county $42,108 a year in salary and benefits. The duties of the position would include evaluating and monitoring medical treatment of emergency providers; inspecting ambulances to ensure compliance with federal, state and county regulations; and plan and put into place training programs for providers.

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The proposal came after the Fire and Rescue Association placed its emergency medical services management specialist on administrative leave from June 4 to July 28.

Kroboth said he thought the emergency medical system was negatively affected by the move because there was no one to supervise companies and providers.

Fire and Rescue Association President Tom Altman told the commissioners he didn't think the county should have oversight of emergency medical operations, saying the association was capable of managing the position.

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