By: Jennifer Dearborn
The Tucker County Ambulance Authority met for a regular session on July 6, 2021. The meeting opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Ambulance Authority received a letter and donation from a Maryland resident that recently had to utilize their services while visiting Tucker County. On April 23, 2021 the Tucker County EMS responded to a stroke victim. They transported him to Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland, MD and he was later transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He states in the letter it was due the quick response and action of the crew of the ambulance that this bad situation had a good outcome. He also enclosed with the letter a check as a donation. Anyone can make a donation to the Ambulance Authority, just contact one of the board members if you’d like to donate.
The board announced that they have the best looking treasure report that they’ve had in a very long time. They are currently waiting on the delivery of their new ambulance. They also approved the purchase of a 2012 ambulance.
There was discussion on the use of Station 3 in Canaan Valley. This station has not actively and steadily been in use since August 2020 due to lack of workers and the lack of need. They do run shifts when they have the availability, but that is not very often. They are still paying rent on this station to keep it, as the need for it increases in the winter when the local ski areas are open. Also, if Station 2 is down (which stated it is often due to the town of Davis having water issues and being without water for periods of time) then they use Station 3. “The rent is only $134 a month” stated Sheila Marsh. They will continue to keep paying the rent so they can utilize Station 3 when needed.
The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. No decisions were made during this executive session.
The next Ambulance Authority meeting will be August 24, 2021 at 5 p.m. at the courthouse.