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Sunderland invites critics to meeting about South County EMS location

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Board of Selectmen’s vice chairman has invited to a future meeting the two Deerfield residents who have challenged the plan to move South County EMS from the South Deerfield to Whately. Tom Fydenkevez asked John and Sharyn Paciorek to attend next Monday’s selectmen’s meeting next week, when the 18-month-old, three-town ambulance service is expected to be discussed. Residents at a special town meeting in Deerfield on … 0

Regional EMS move still has opponents

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — South County EMS’ possible move from the South Deerfield Fire District to Whately’s new Town Office building still has opposition in the town of Deerfield. Residents at a special town meeting Monday night voted by majority to instruct the town selectmen to “take all steps necessary” to keep the regional … 0

Special town meeting Monday in Deerfield

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DEERFIELD — Voters at a special town meeting Monday night will be asked to approve paying for about half the cost of a new roof for Deerfield Elementary School. The school’s existing roof is nearing the end of its 20-year lifespan, and the town landed a grant last year from the Massachusetts School Building Authority that will pay for up to 52 percent … 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

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