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South County EMS

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 Emergency Medical Service. The Board of Oversight offered Smith the job at its Thursday meeting. He agreed to a $60,008 annual salary. … 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 its Whately building to a private business rather than have the new regional ambulance service … 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 development, I’m still very excited and optimistic about what this department can become.” The Board … 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

Solo Deerfield EMS plan slows progress

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WHATELY — The Deerfield Board of Selectmen’s recent decision to explore an expanded local EMS option has stalled progress toward a regionalized South County ambulance program. This week, the Sunderland Board of Selectmen postponed its special town meeting date, originally scheduled for Sept. 27, to discuss Deerfield’s decision … 0

Deerfield board eyes local ambulance

Monday, September 9, 2013

DEERFIELD — With only a few weeks left before southern Franklin County towns vote on a regional ambulance proposal, the Deerfield Board of Selectmen will ask its residents to consider a town-only service as well. At Friday’s board meeting, town employees discussed whether to move forward with the … 0

Whately and Sunderland selectmen discuss EMS

Monday, September 9, 2013

CORRECTION:The proposed Deerfield-only ambulance service would be a 24/7 paramedic ambulance service with seven employees. For 16 hours a day, an intermediate or basic EMT would be scheduled. DEERFIELD — After two years of collaborating with Whately and Sunderland to develop a regional paramedic ambulance service, the Deerfield … 0

Final proposal for South County EMS ready

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WHATELY — For $638,895, townspeople in southern Franklin County could have a 24-hour regional paramedic ambulance service based out of the South Deerfield fire station. On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Frontier Regional School auditorium, the … 0