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From left to right, Robert Herfurth, of South Deerfield Fire Dept, John DuBois and Jason Dorval, of South County EMS, Dennis Paterson and Pat Paterson of the South Deerfield Fire Department and Timothy Drumgool, of South County EMS practice using the LUCAS 2 on a mannequin at the South Deerfield Fire Department on Oct 29. Submitted Photo/South County EMS

Grant lands automatic CPR machine for South County EMS

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Performing chest compressions is one of the most difficult, tiring and time-consuming parts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but for the medics of South County EMS that process just got a little bit easier. The regional ambulance service recently purchased two automatic chest compression machines, known as LUCAS 2 Chest Compression Systems, through a $160,000 Massachusetts Community Innovation Challenge grant, … 0

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 … 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

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

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