Time for change in EMS systems

A century or so ago, the furniture store in some communities also was the funeral home. That’s because the furniture maker also supplied caskets. Thus, the store owner could have an additional undertaking.

Years later – still decades ago – some funeral directors also operated ambulance services. It seems a hearse could be put to efficient use as a way to move live bodies, too.

Eventually, stand-alone ambulance services arose. Those early crash-and-dash operations developed into emergency medical services, with technicians offering first aid and live-preserving treatment while an ill or injured person was transported to a hospital.

Now, the professional in that ambulance is as likely to be a paramedic as an emergency medical technician. The point is, time brings change – and, hopefully, progress.

Now is the time for change in the way emergency medical services are provided, supported and organized in Seneca County.

Perhaps a next-generation EMS system will be a joint ambulance district that provides volunteers with a modest stipend, funded by a district-wide levy. Perhaps the future holds a countywide EMS system staffed by paid professionals, like that in Sandusky County.

But this much is obvious: Doing things the old way isn’t working well anymore.