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Dale County Commission Working Toi Save Lives

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 14 2017 8:52 PM

DALE COUNTY:      Members of the Dale County Commission are working to save lives in Dale County.

Today Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blakenship and members of the Dale County Commission voted on legislation to help the Emergency Medical Services operate in Dale County.

The Commission voted to forward to the legislative delegation the introduction of local legislation to add a $ 5.00 tag transaction fee in Dale County. The proceeds would be paid to the Dale County EMS Association to be split equally between all EMS service providers in Dale County.

The Commission has asked the local legislative delegation to draft the legislation with no exemptions.

This money shall be used for salaries, equipment, supplies, matching funds and training within the EMS Service. These funds could also be used to subsidize a private EMS service if needed in the future.

Currently in Dale County there are 64,000 tag transactions per year. That number of transactions times $ 5.00 should generate $ 320,000.00.

Commission and Association of EMS not to exceed a 5% fee ( $ 16,000.00 ),

That would leave an estimated $ 304,000.00 divided by 6 EMS providers, which would be $ 50,666.67 annually.

The EMS providers are Arizona, Daleville, Echo, Midland City, Ozark and Skipperville. All would receive $ 50,666.67 each annually.

This proposal would allow for some paid services and as each EMS unit paid off debt Dale County would be in a better position to move towards a county wide service in the future.

Chairman Blakenship and members of the Dale County Commission are working ways to save lives of the people of Dale County and their guests. Medical emergencies, no matter if trauma or medical, never make appointments. And qualified emergency responders have to be in a position to roll when the 911 phone rings.

Historically a lot of EMS providers and fire service have been through volunteers. In today's world emergency medical services require a lot of time and expense for training in order to be qualified to save lives. Then the time to volunteer along with employers which would allow the employees the time off when emergencies occur are becoming a major issue.

I applaud Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blakenship and members of the Dale County Commission for their innovative ideas and work towards making sure your lives are saved.


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