Thurman EMS resumes response readiness

THURMAN - The Thurman Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is now responding to calls after being inactive since Dec. 31. Thurman EMS was removed from the Warren County emergency service call system and stopped responding to calls as a result of the town government discontinuing its former practice of paying worker's compensation for the members of the independent agency.

The town board members and the EMS officials, however struck a deal about two weeks ago, ending six months of disputes over finances, response rate and lack of ability recently to provide Advanced Life Support. The squad lost their ALS certification last year after authorities determined they didn't have the required round-the-clock manpower coverage available.

The contract states that the squad must remain an all-volunteer and free service and if it does not respond to at least 80 percent of its calls, the town can void the agreement.

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