Rushville Republican

December 31, 2013

Commissioners cancel Anderson Township EMS contract

By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Two weeks after the county commissioners voted to extend contracts to each of the county’s four EMS services: Anderson Township, Carthage, Raleigh and RMH Ambulance, they exercised a 90 day exit clause with Anderson Township volunteers.

Commissioner Ken Masters read a letter that was sent to volunteers at the ATVFD stating that the emergency medical service portion of their contract would be terminated effective March 14, 2014. As previously reported in the Rushville Republican, ATVFD receives $33,600 annually to provide emergency 911 medical service to the southern part of Rush County.

Since earlier this year, concerns have been raised regarding response times to medical calls and in some cases, calls not being responded to at all by Anderson Township volunteers. In June, the county leaders decided that all emergency medical calls in the southern part of the county were to be dual dispatched with RMH Ambulance personnel also responding.

During the Dec. 2 county commissioner meeting, ATVFD chief Nick White said that medical personnel in the department has decreased in recent years with only eight certified EMT’s currently assisting the department.

Long time Milroy resident and volunteer fire department advisory board member Bill Ward was in attendance during Monday’s meeting and told the county leaders that a meeting with fire department personnel had been scheduled for later that very evening and that perhaps the 90 day window before the contract is formally terminated will serve as a wake up call.

“Under the circumstances, the department is doing the best they can. Things have changed during the past few years,” Ward said.

Following the announcement, commissioner Ken Masters said that he and fellow county leaders hope the issue can be resolved.

“This is nothing personnel, we need you there, we do not want to see you fail,” Masters said.

In other unrelated matters, the county leaders voted to make changes in the county employee handbook by no longer allowing county employees to be paid while working from their home.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.