Hawley enters agreements with Adams Ambulance Servi

Published: 12/2/2019 4:23:07 PM

HAWLEY — Emergencies requiring ambulance service in Hawley may now call on a nearby Berkshire County-based ambulance service.

A new agreement between Hawley and the nonprofit, Adams Ambulance Service, will formally allow the ambulance service to attend to calls in Hawley.

“The town of Hawley desires to enhance delivery of patient care and reduce response time by entering into relationships with additional nearby providers,” the agreement reads.

The agreement cites Adams Ambulance as a nearby provider that can provide care as-needed, including providing advanced life support level care. Advanced life support is a higher level of care that is typically provided by paramedics and advanced emergency medical technicians, which Adams Ambulance, a full-time professional service, can provide, a press release from Hawley reads.

Adams has previously responded to calls in Hawley, and formalizing this agreement officially adds Adams to a list of available providers, according to the release.

Hawley currently relies on Charlemont Ambulance, a volunteer ambulance service, which provides basic life support, according to Selectboard Chair Hussein Hamdan.

“This new agreement with Adams does not alter that relationship, and Charlemont Ambulance, in cooperation with the Hawley Fire Department, will continue to handle the majority of medical calls in Hawley,” he said.

Passed by the Hawley Selectboard at its Nov. 12 meeting, the agreement became effective Nov. 20, the day the document was signed by Hamdan, Adams Ambulance Service Director Michael Gleason and Hawley Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Greg Cox.

Hamdan said this agreement will not cost Hawley money and the Adams Ambulance Service, like most ambulance services, will bill the patient’s insurance directly.

The agreement notes that many factors determine which emergency service is available, including the location where help is needed, the level of aid required, the availability of other ambulances at the time, and the judgment of the dispatcher and other response units on the scene.

Going forward, the agreement states that Hawley will make Adams Ambulance an option at Shelburne Control, which provides emergency dispatch services, and provide Adams Ambulance an updated copy of its street list.

Reach Maureen O’Reilly at moreilly@recorder.com or at 413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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