North Warren Emergency Medical Services resumed service as of 6 a.m. Friday Dec. 21 after a reorganization of their agency. The squad’s board of directors voted just a few days earlier to hire E5 Support Services to provide paid staffers, while reserving management positions — and seats on the squad’s board of directors — for volunteers. The agency, which responds to hundreds of calls annually in the upper Warren County region, suspended its service Dec. 3 for a total of 18 days to accomplish the reorganization.
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continued Wildermuth said that while the agency’s board members were interviewing and selecting volunteers this past two weeks, he was doing likewise with prospective paid emergency medical personnel.
“We’re looking forward to working together now,” he said, noting that a number of the volunteers who had quit because they were disillusioned with the squad’s troubles, had now rejoined the agency.
One of the board of directors’ concerns, he said, was obtaining appropriate comprehensive training. Wildermuth said his enterprise would be providing that training.
“We’ll be getting North Warren’s members re-certified in CPR,” he said. “We’re all looking forward to a good working relationship to better attend to the needs of area communities in our service area.
Board of directors president Gary Scidmore couldn’t be reached Wednesday.
Wildermuth said that he was pleased that new volunteers had stepped forward to serve in addition to the former members coming back to resume their vital work on behalf of neighbors.
“It’s so good to see this dedicated volunteerism — and the community pride,” he said.