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Harrison County EMS shortage

Updated: Friday, November 8 2013, 07:12 PM EST

By Rich Pierce 

November 7, 2013 

Harrison County, Oh

Officials in Harrison County are working to fix an EMS shortage in the county.

The problem has been compounding for some time. The poll of volunteers to administer EMS services has shrunk, and as a result, Harrison Community Hospital picked up the slack. They say they can no longer assist in the same fashion but are helping anyway they can.

County and EMS officials are introducing a plan to beef up the volunteer services.

“It didn’t happen overnight. It’s something that has grown probably in the last ten years. It’s grown and grown and won’t turn around overnight,” President of the EMS Association in Harrison County, Doug Crabtree, said.

Crabtree and a subcommittee introduced a five-point plan Wednesday night to commissioners.

It involves a greater stress on recruitment and retention, an improvement to dispatch technology, advanced training for volunteers and an education plan for the public.

“At the time of an emergency, you don’t think exactly what you need to say. Hopefully, we can get the proper departments called out,” Crabtree said.

The plan involves contracting out to private EMS companies to supplement services.

“They’ve approached services that are either in the county or surround the county and have requested proposals from them,” Crabtree said.

The plan will be read at next week’s commissioners meeting. Crabtree said the main goal is to keep the people of the county safe. The goal is to have the final plan and numbers presented to the commissioners by Dec. 1. 

Harrison County EMS shortage

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