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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 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