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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

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

South County makes its EMS pitch to public

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DEERFIELD — For more than two years, selectmen in southern Franklin County have researched, studied, debated and argued about how to create a 24/7 regional paramedic ambulance service for their townspeople. On Tuesday, it came time for the three boards of selectmen and EMS directors to make the … 0

South County towns have history of collaboration

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DEERFIELD — For almost two years, the South County EMS Working Group has held long, late-night meetings every two weeks to create a proposal for a regional paramedic ambulance service. The months of work have involved budget crunching, … 0

Deerfield: We still support regional EMS

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WHATELY — The proposal for a regional 24/7 paramedic ambulance service for the towns of Whately, Deerfield and Sunderland is back on track. On Tuesday, the Deerfield Board of Selectmen reassured its partner towns that it would support the regional proposal, despite questions raised in that town in … 1

Deerfield selectmen discuss town EMS option

Thursday, September 12, 2013

DEERFIELD — The Board of Selectmen are split in their support of the two EMS proposals: a regional paramedic ambulance service and an expanded local service. At the Wednesday meeting, the board discussed the project, but made no decision. The board indicated it still plans to ask townspeople … 0