Commission awaits reply on ambulance pact

10:00 am | January 22, 2013

When they last met, the County Commission offered the Carter County Rescue Squad a one-year contract to serve as the county’s sole ambulance provider.

Photo by Brandon HicksThe Carter County Rescue Squad has faced funding issues since its budget was slashed by more than $100,000 for this fiscal year. Currently, its board of directors is considering a proposed one-year contract to serve as the county's lone ambulance provider.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
The Carter County Rescue Squad has faced funding issues since its budget was slashed by more than $100,000 for this fiscal year. Currently, its board of directors is considering a proposed one-year contract to serve as the county’s lone ambulance provider.

More than two months have passed, and the only response the county has received has been … silence.

As it stands, the Rescue Squad’s contract with the county will come to an end June 30. Although officials from both the squad and the county said they felt a deal would be reached before then, Commission Chairman Tom Bowers said he was surprised by the squad’s lack of communication with the county.

“Everybody I’ve talked to on the commission can’t figure out why we haven’t heard from them,” Bowers said, “I don’t know what their hang-up is, or what they’re having trouble coming to grips with.”
Rescue Squad Director Terry Arnold said that he thought his board of directors still had issues with the specifics of the county’s proposal.

“County is wanting all this stuff for free, and it’s just impossible,” Arnold said. “That’s probably why we’re not on the agenda.”

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