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Thurman squad poised to be reinstated as the sanctioned local EMS agency

At the conclusion of the Thurman Town Board meeting Monday Nov. 14, the leaders of two ambulance squads formerly competing to be local sanctioned squad exchanged friendly compliments. Warrensburg EMS captain Steve Emerson (left) shares his thoughts with Thurman squad President Jean Coulard (center) and Thurman squad Captain John O’Neill. Monday, Warrensburg EMS withdrew their bid for the contract to be the town’s primary agency in 2012, citing that the town wasn’t paying enough for their services.

At the conclusion of the Thurman Town Board meeting Monday Nov. 14, the leaders of two ambulance squads formerly competing to be local sanctioned squad exchanged friendly compliments. Warrensburg EMS captain Steve Emerson (left) shares his thoughts with Thurman squad President Jean Coulard (center) and Thurman squad Captain John O’Neill. Monday, Warrensburg EMS withdrew their bid for the contract to be the town’s primary agency in 2012, citing that the town wasn’t paying enough for their services. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “The town board and Thurman EMS are going to have to work together to provide adequate services — I hope it works out for both of them,” he said.

Coulard said she appreciated Emerson’s sentiments and advice to the town board.

”I can’t thank Steve Emerson enough for the nice letter he wrote,” Coulard said. “and now we hope the town will step up their contributions and adequately support our squad.”

After the town meeting, Thurman EMS leaders met at their headquarters, and reiterated plans for round-the-clock coverage.

Coulard said the squad meeting was a positive one, with agency members upbeat about being in position to likely be reinstated as the sanctioned EMS provider. The squad has about 20 active members.

“Squad members are very happy — they’re very pleased to be back in a part of things again,” she said. “This was a very welcome thing for the Warrensburg squad to pull back their bid.”

She indicated that her squad’s continuing campaign to be the sanctioned local agency had been justified.

“We had to fight — we would not give up — we knew the people wanted us to stay,” she said.

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