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

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

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