Mooers has new full-time EMT

MOOERS Theres a new face in Mooers. It is one that many probably hope they never have to see, but it is also one that reflects a certain sense of security that of knowing theres an emergency medical technician (EMT) available to respond to calls during the hours when its most needed. Mike Bonner, of Plattsburgh, has recently been hired as a full time EMT for Mooers. Since Feb. 19, he has been stationed at the Mooers Fire Station full-time (8 a.m.- 4 p.m.) during weekdays to ensure emergency care to local citizens. Bonner received his basic and advanced EMS training with the Morrisonville Fire Department, where he has been a volunteer for the past three years. He also worked at CVPH for four and a half years within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit. This new hire was the result of a unanimous vote approving the merger of Mooers EMS with Champlain EMS. The decision came after a careful study by the Mooers Ambulance Coverage Committee, which consisted of members of the fire department, EMS as well as local residents. During the past two years Mooers had contracted with Champlain EMS, a non-profit corporation, so that there would be emergency coverage during the workweek hours when there was sometimes no EMT available to respond. That partnership has since been taken to a new level as the two entities have merged, although Mooers EMS will keep their own identity. Although there is a charge for the new ambulance service, insurance providers, Medicare and Medicaid will be billed for the service. Those who lack insurance coverage can rest assured that arrangements can be made for payment. Mooers residents may contact the Champlain EMS with questions or concerns or for more details.

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