UPDATED: BAKER HILL RESCUE SQUAD FOLDS LEAVING AREA OF THE COUNTY WITHOUT EMERGENCY COVERAGEMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Feb 25 2014 11:41 AM
According to the Barbour County Reporter: In the past several days worried members of the Baker Hill rescue squad have contacted us and described the organization, managed by James Register, collapsing and leaving them without being fully paid. However they are even more concerned about a large area of the county stretching from the west side of Texasville to the east side of Baker hill near the Eufaula city limits and then southward to the Henry county line without EMS service. “Nearly a thousand people are at risk and don’t even realize they don’t have EMS coverage anymore.”
“This is serious and the state needs to immediately help us organize a volunteer unit”. The squad’s four ambulances were grounded late today, one in a body shop after an accident with a deer, three broken down in various places and one unit that was barely operable parked behind the squad’s office.
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BAKERHILL – Earlier today the State of Alabama requested that the Bakerhill Rescue Squad turn in its license to provide EMS services in Barbour County which they then agreed to voluntarily. I spoke with Dennis Blair at the Department of Health’s Office of EMS services and he confirmed this just moments ago. “Officially they are no more , we hope somehow it can be reorganized“, and stated “the District Attorney’s office or the Attorney General’s office will be who follows up on what has happened, not us“.
Two members of the squad we spoke with this morning told us they are working the best they can for members of the squad to regroup while James Register reportedly will still will not return calls or cooperate with authorities. It is alleged nearly $ 600,000 dollars is missing from accounts and the service ground to halt with ambulances in various states of disrepair with no funds to repair them.
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