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The regional library building in Whately.

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 last Tuesday night, the South County EMS Board of Oversight poured over a map of the building’s layout designed by William Swasey, … 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 and I worked together to find a name that best represents who we are and … 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

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

South County EMS workers to get Deerfield benefits

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Employees of the new South County Emergency Medical Service will become employees of the town of Deerfield. Deerfield is the fiscal agent of the regional 24/7 paramedic ambulance service. Once the service starts, Deerfield will handle the receipts and disbursements associated with the operation of … 0

Towns form team for EMS transition

Monday, November 11, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — On Nov. 19, a transition team made up of selectmen and fire and ambulance directors will begin to build the newly created South County Emergency Medical Service. The plan is to have the regional 24/7 paramedic ambulance service up and running for the towns of … 0

South County seeks regional grant to offset ambulance service costs

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Since residents in southern Franklin County recently agreed to pay a combined $749,595 for a new South County ambulance service, the three town administrators are looking to offset some of that taxpayer cost. Deerfield interim Town Administrator Wendy Foxmyn is working on an application to … 0

Deerfield OKs EMS

Monday, October 28, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The South County Emergency Medical Service has become a reality. The towns of Deerfield, Whately and Sunderland will no longer have to rely on volunteer on-call services licensed at the basic and intermediate levels. Rather, a paramedic will be scheduled to respond to calls across … 0