TIFFIN — Ken Majors, director of Seneca County Emergency Medical Service, made a proposal to the county commissioners Tuesday which will reduce the number of ambulance districts, but increase the manpower for better coverage.
Ultimately, how ambulance service proceeds in the county will be up to each district’s residents.
In a computer preview of a presentation at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Public Safety Building at the county fairgrounds on Hopewell Avenue, Tiffin, Majors suggested four ambulance districts, down from seven, and a nominal hourly payment when personnel are on call.
Each joint ambulance district will have local control. The county will continue to provide a variety of items including equipment, supplies, fuel, medical billing and training, while districts will provide personnel. It has become difficult for some areas to have sufficient personnel, so at times ambulances are out-of-service.
Townships and villages can join existing districts, Majors said, if: the district allows it, the joining townships and villages agree to pay existing millage, and a new name is determined. For instance, Jackson Township, north of Fostoria, could join the Bascom Joint Ambulance District.
Funding will be determined by each district. Currently, Bascom Joint Ambulance District, which includes the hamlet of Bascom, Hopewell and Loudon townships, collects a 1.2 mill levy. Volunteers are paid $3.50 per hour while on call.
Squads will have at least basic life support certification and two personnel will be scheduled each shift to provide 24 hour coverage.