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

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

Deerfield voters to consider two ambulance options

Friday, October 25, 2013

DEERFIELD — Townspeople will decide Monday whether the proposed South County Emergency Medical Service becomes a reality. In the auditorium at Frontier Regional School at 7 p.m., townspeople will be asked to enter into an inter-municipal agreement with the towns of Sunderland and Whately. They will also be … 0

Sunderland opts to join regional EMS

Friday, October 18, 2013

SUNDERLAND — It was unanimous. Sunderland voted “yes” to team up with its neighbors in Whately and Deerfield to create the South County Emergency Medical Service. A total 76 people turned out at a Friday special town meeting to upgrade the town’s EMS service from basic to paramedic. … 0

Sunderland to vote on South County EMS tonight

Thursday, October 17, 2013

SUNDERLAND — Tonight residents will decide whether they want to join Franklin County’s first municipal regional paramedic ambulance service with Deerfield and Whately. The townspeople will be asked to create the South County Emergency Medical Service. The plan is to have a 24/7 service covering the 66 square … 0

Whately votes ‘yes’

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WHATELY — Townspeople voted Tuesday night to leave behind their local ambulance service and are backing a regional 24/7 paramedic service with Deerfield and Sunderland. With a vote of 80-8, the town supported joining an inter-municipal agreement with … 0

Sunderland to vote on regional EMS  at Friday meeting

Monday, October 14, 2013

SUNDERLAND — On Friday, townspeople will be asked to pay $155,366 to join a regional ambulance service with the towns of Deerfield and Whately. The special town meeting is scheduled at the 7 p.m. in the Sunderland Elementary School. The vote could decide the fate of the proposal … 0

Regional EMS tops Whately meeting warrant

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WHATELY — On Tuesday, townspeople will be asked to consider a regional ambulance partnership with Deerfield and Sunderland, a year-long medical marijuana moratorium and several other financial matters at a special town meeting. The special town meeting is planned for Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Whately … 0

3 towns to vote on South County EMS

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DEERFIELD — In coming weeks, residents of southern Franklin County will be asked to leave behind their independent town ambulance departments and forge a new partnership with their neighbors. Whately residents will be the first to vote to fund the proposed South County Emergency Medical Service on Oct. … 0

Whately EMS boss not OK with regional plan

Friday, October 4, 2013

WHATELY — With less than two weeks before Whately voters decide on the proposed 24/7 regional paramedic ambulance service, the Whately EMS director said he is not on board. “I feel that I cannot help to sell something that I don’t support completely,” Gary Stone said. “I can’t … 0