November 27, 2013
While praising local volunteers for their dedication and tenacity, Warren County Emergency Services Director Brian LaFlure LaFlure warns in March that Thurman Emergency Medical Services, a squad with about 80-100 calls per year, could not raise the funds needed to keep ALS-certified staff on duty to respond at any hour. He said that squads need to have a minimum of 600 calls per year to stay afloat without substantial financial support. This last week, Thurman EMS sent a letter to county emergency officials declaring that it is off-line, not to be dispatched, and its ambulance was out of service.
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Thurman Emergency Medical Services quit sending out its ambulances as of last week, and Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood calls for the squad to pursue a merger with Warrensburg EMS, which continues to cover the emergencies in Thurman,