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A South County ambulance at the South Deerfield Fire District on Routes 5 and 10. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Whately ambulance deal has resistance: Deerfield residents present petition to keep service in town

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It appears some Deerfield residents are not particularly happy with the South County EMS regional ambulance service’s plans to move to Whately. Town resident Sharyn Paciorek used the public comment portion of Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting to present a petition signed by about 200 residents asking the selectmen to support finding a way to keep the service … 0

South County EMS, Whately to discuss new home

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The South County EMS Board of Oversight will enter talks with Whately to hammer out an agreement to rent part of the town’s new office building as its base of operations. The board voted unanimously Thursday night to negotiate for the space. Whately’s new town office building, which is purchased in … 0

Bad communication stalls ambulance talks

Monday, October 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — An apparent failure to communicate between South County EMS’s Board of Oversight and the three towns the ambulance service covers regarding the location of its future home base saw tempers flare during a recent meeting, and now another meeting to bring all interested parties together to discuss the issue has been … 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

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