South County EMS
David Zamojski and Gary Ponce, paramedics with South County EMS, check the equipment and drug inventory of one of their ambulances at the South Deerfield Fire Department Monday, June 15. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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 meeting Wednesday night. Under the inter-municipal agreement that governs the service, the town will be assessed for 51.76 percent of the total, … 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 55 percent of the $1,079,139 allocated to it by the three towns, and the Board … 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 County EMS was one of three town projects in the state to win the award … 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

Whately ambulance to be part of new service

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WHATELY — When the South County Emergency Medical Service launches, townspeople may still spot their town’s rig responding to medical calls. The Board of Oversight for the South County Emergency Medical Service agreed to operate three ambulances in its tri-town paramedic service, including the Whately ambulance. Initially, the … 0

South County EMS to bring on per-diem staff

Monday, January 13, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The newly created South County Emergency Medical Service is filling its rosters with per-diem staff to give the towns of Whately, Deerfield and Sunderland 24 hours, seven-days-a-week coverage while it looks for its full-time director. “We’re putting temporary people in there from now until we hire … 0

South County EMS posts director’s job

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Oversight for the South County Emergency Medical Service is seeking a working director to manage the startup of the new regional paramedic service. Last week, the board posted the job opening for the ambulance director for the regional service serving the towns … 0

South County EMS director job to be posted by next week

Friday, December 27, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Board of Oversight for the South County Emergency Medical Service plans to post the EMS director job by next week with the review period for applications to begin Jan. 22. Since the three towns voted in October to form the state’s first inter-municipal 24/7 … 0

EMT to serve as interim regional admin.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

SUNDERLAND — The new South County EMS agency intends to make Deerfield EMS Assistant Director David Zamojski its interim administrator until it hires a full-time director. Zamojski has worked for Deerfield EMS for 20 years, first as a volunteer and later as a full-time employee. Zamojski is an … 0

Western Mass. Library System in talks with buyer for Whately building

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WHATELY — The Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building won’t become the home of the South County Emergency Medical Center after all. The three towns that recently formed the paramedic service weren’t ready to make an offer, and in the meanwhile the library system reached a buy-sell agreement … 0

South County EMS: the next steps

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SUNDERLAND — Before South County EMS ambulances speed out to help patients, there are a few steps for the transition team to take. The transition team — made up of boards of selectmen and fire and EMS directors — is forming the South County Emergency Medical Service, a … 0