South County EMS
A South County ambulance at the South Deerfield Fire District on Routes 5 and 10. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Whately ambulance deal has resistance: Deerfield residents present petition to keep service in town

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It appears some Deerfield residents are not particularly happy with the South County EMS regional ambulance service’s plans to move to Whately. Town resident Sharyn Paciorek used the public comment portion of Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting to present a petition signed by about 200 residents asking the selectmen to support finding a way to keep the service … 0

South County EMS, Whately to discuss new home

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The South County EMS Board of Oversight will enter talks with Whately to hammer out an agreement to rent part of the town’s new office building as its base of operations. The board voted unanimously Thursday night to negotiate for the space. Whately’s new town office building, which is purchased in … 0

Bad communication stalls ambulance talks

Monday, October 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — An apparent failure to communicate between South County EMS’s Board of Oversight and the three towns the ambulance service covers regarding the location of its future home base saw tempers flare during a recent meeting, and now another meeting to bring all interested parties together to discuss the issue has been … 0

Whately to host regional ambulance meeting Oct. 29

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WHATELY — Having found itself caught off-guard by Deerfield’s announcement earlier this month that a second option has emerged in town to house South County EMS, Whately has called a meeting of the three towns served by the … 0

Deerfield, SCEMS discuss second housing option; Whately not pleased

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A second possible home for the three-town South County ambulance service has emerged — much to the surprise of Whately. Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night with members of South County EMS Board of … 1

South County EMS safe from budget cuts

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield will level-fund South County’s new regional ambulance service for next year, despite initial protests and a request for cuts by the town’s Finance Committee. Voters approved the $1.1 million budget during a special town … 0

Budget cut for South County ambulance?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — South County EMS, the regional ambulance serving Deerfield, Whately and Sunderland, marks its one-year anniversary at the end of the month, and the financial picture is looking pretty good: to date, the service has only spent … 0

Six months in, South County EMS recognized with innovation award

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WHATELY — Whately, Deerfield and Sunderland have won the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award for its role in the creation of South County Emergency Medical Service, a new regional ambulance service that went live July 1. According to a letter from the MMA, South … 0

Grant lands automatic CPR machine for South County EMS

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Performing chest compressions is one of the most difficult, tiring and time-consuming parts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but for the medics of South County EMS that process just got a little bit easier. The regional ambulance service … 0

Regional EMS makes third try at library building

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, South County’s new regional ambulance service is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in Whately to use as its permanent base of operations. At its meeting … 0

South County ambulance service changes name

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For now, the new paramedic ambulance service in southern Franklin County will be known as the Medical Authority of South County. The name South County Emergency Medical Service was informally used during the transition process. Ambulance service Chief Zachary Smith said, “The Board of Oversight … 0

Old Sunderland firehouse home of the South County EMS?

Friday, May 2, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The old Sunderland fire house on North Main Street has been proposed as a housing option for the ambulance rigs of the South County Emergency Medical Service. Sunderland would charge the regional paramedic service “next to … 0

Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget … 0

Regional EMS gets a director

Friday, March 21, 2014

SUNDERLAND — On Wednesday, Zachary Smith will walk through the doors of the South Deerfield fire station for work like he has done every day for 14 years. This time he won’t be a paramedic for the town of Deerfield, but the new director of the South County … 0

WMass library finds another buyer

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WHATELY — For a second time, it seems South County Emergency Medical Service has lost out on a chance to acquire the regional library building in the industrial park. Massachusetts Library System Executive Board has opted to sell … 0