EMS district options weighed

GREEN SPRINGS – A special meeting was held at the Green Springs Municipal Building Monday night to discuss the possible formation of an emergency medical services district.

Officials at the meeting included representatives from the village of Green Springs and Adams, Pleasant, Scipio and Clinton townships. Green Springs Mayor Adam Greenslade served as chairman for the meeting.

Greenslade said at the county EMS meeting April 5, EMS Director Ken Majors indicated he would like to see the county divided into at least four EMS districts. Those invited make up the northeastern quarter of the county.

Thompson Township also was invited, although Adams Township trustee Bill Frankart said that entity contracts with the City of Bellevue and receives its EMS service through Northwest Ambulance Service.

An EMS representative warned service issues can come from using a private provider, as Northwest sometimes sends an ambulance from Monroeville to the area if they are using the one from Bellevue to transport hospital patients. Frankart said Thompson Township trustees did not mention these kinds of problems to him.

Pleasant Township Trustee Bill Biller said he would like to see a county-wide system. Greenslade said it may be possible to put more pressure on the board of commissioners to create one, although members weren’t receptive of the idea at the meeting earlier this month. Greenslade suggested trustees bring up the idea of forming a countywide district at the next meeting of the Township Trustees Association.

Pleasant Township Trustee Dave Kingsborough had a different view.

“If we want to provide good service to the people we represent, why wouldn’t we just get together, put a deal together and end it,” Kingsborough said. “Why do we even need Ken Majors? Why do we even need the county? Why don’t we just set it up and cover our area.”

Kingsborough also said some hospitals are interested in staffing local ambulances since it may help them gain patients. Promedica was one company he mentioned that might do this. Since people today seem to have less time to volunteer than previous generations, using a private service would solve the staffing issue.

“If Ken Majors or the county commissioners get upset, too bad. They dumped (this) on us and told us to take care of it,” Kingsborough said.

As the meeting concluded, Greenslade, Frankart and Kingsborough agreed to serve on a fact-finding committee to speak with public officials and representatives from Promedica and other private services to see what the committee’s next move would be.