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South County EMS

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 and I worked together to find a name that best represents who we are and what we do” Smith said. “This new … 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 nothing” to use the building, said Sunderland Fire Chief Robert Ahearn. Utilities would have 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 reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents … 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

Second candidate still interested in regional ambulance boss job

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The second finalist for the South County Emergency Medical Service director position says he is still interested in the job after the first candidate turned down the job. “Yes, I’m absolutely still interested in the job,” said Zachary Smith of South Deerfield. “Even with this … 0

EMS boss pick accepts, then turns down job

Monday, March 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It seemed things were steadily moving along for the launch of the South County Emergency Medical Service, then the Board of Oversight’s pick for director turned down the job. After agreeing to a $63,000 salary, William Travis of Leyden turned down the director position he … 0

Former BHA manager offered South County EMS director job

Sunday, March 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — The job of director of the South County Emergency Medical Services Department will be offered to William Travis. “Patient service is my passion. It’s what I love, it’s what I do,” Travis said in a public job interview Friday. Travis, a former general manager of Baystate … 0

South County EMS to interview candidates for director post Friday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A Deerfield full-time paramedic and a paramedic from Action Ambulance Service Inc. of Pittsfield are vying to become the director who brings to life the new South County Emergency Medical Service. On Friday at 6 p.m. in Deerfield Town Hall, the South County EMS will … 0

Regional EMS back in play for buying library building in Whately

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WHATELY — The possibility of basing the South County Emergency Medical Service at the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building is back on the table. Executive Director Gregory Pronevitz of the Massachusetts Library System said recent talks with … 0

Deerfield workers concerned about overseeing finances of new regional ambulance

Thursday, February 13, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — As the South County Emergency Medical Service transitions from concept into reality, Deerfield town employees had one major question. How will the town handle the financial administration of the new tri-town paramedic service? Deerfield is the fiscal agent for the South County EMS and any … 0

Sunderland to reduce firefighter/EMT position

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When the South County Emergency Medical Service officially launches, the town will reduce the hours and salary of the existing firefighter/EMT position by more than two-thirds. Currently, the firefighter/EMT position is the only full-time 40-hour-per-week job within the fire department. The firefighter/EMT position is responsible for … 0

South County EMS receives $160,620

Thursday, February 6, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A huge weight has lifted off the shoulders of southern Franklin County’s selectmen, and fire and ambulance chiefs who promised townspeople they could create a sustainable regional paramedic service this year. On Thursday, town leaders in Deerfield, Whately and Sunderland learned they received their full … 0

A dozen apply for 3-town EMS post

Sunday, January 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Twelve people are vying to be the first director of the first inter-municipal emergency medical service in Franklin County. On Wednesday, the deadline to submit an application to become the director of the South County EMS closed. Over the next few weeks, a screening committee … 0

Regional EMS intends to include current EMTs

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Oversight for the South County Emergency Medical Service intends to include current EMTs on the current rosters of the local departments into the new regional service. “We still have room for basic EMTs,” said Sunderland Fire Chief Robert Ahearn, a member of … 0