TOWNSHIP OF HUBBARD – Several residents appreciated the Eagle Joint Fire District, which found a new ambulance and emergency medical service to serve Hubbard and Hubbard Township beginning in June.
The board, working with acting fire chief George Brown, on Wednesday approved the steps needed to get the ambulance transport service ready to start on June 4.
The council approved the purchase of two second-hand ambulances at $63,000 as well as an agreement to hire an ambulance at $25 per day from the Makkah Fire Department until the two ambulances be received and equipped with all necessary equipment within one month.
“It will take time for us to register the ambulances and install the radios, so we will have the Mecca ambulance. When our neighbors may not be available to help us, we could be transported in a traffic jam with this ambulance. We are grateful that Makkah is willing to do this for us,” said Brown.
The council also approved 12 part-time paramedics and emergency medical services personnel to ensure the district is covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Brown, who serves as acting fire chief until July 20 or the return of Ron Stanish who is on sick leave, said some staff are from the area and others are from outside. from the area but have worked for Lane LifeTrans and in the Hubard community.
“We will be able to provide round-the-clock coverage. This is an important and long-awaited step. There will be no additional taxes. We will provide ambulance service within the limits we have,” he said.
Stanish secured grants and funds for some vital equipment for the district.
A billing company has also been retained to help generate funds for the service. A contract with Medicount Management of Cincinnati to assist with Medicare and Medicaid billing has been approved. The company is paid based on a percentage of what is collected.
Brown said the district has already responded to more than 600 calls this year, and a private ambulance company would not be able to provide the staff needed to handle that volume.
“We are moving as quickly as possible to ensure that the citizens of the city and township are protected within the limits of the funds available to us,” Hubbard Board Member and Chairman Bill Williams said.
Brown said that in addition to serving the city and township of Hubbard, the district will also help neighboring departments that have helped them.
He thanked Lane LifeTrans for his help, noting that the company has lost nine paramedics this year to other jobs.
“I was surprised that we had 20 applications”, he said.
“We want to create a solid future plan on what is needed for sustainability,” Hubbard Mayor Ben Kyle said earlier this week.
John Bizub, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Fire District, said: “It took more than 20 years in preparation. We are excited to be able to control our community now. Township and city residents will benefit.
Kimberly Pasco of Elmwood Assisted Living and Countryside at the Elms in Hubbard Township said emergency services are often called for the 70 residents.
“Thank you for obtaining and securing EMS for the safety of our residents,” she says.
Hubbard Township resident Diana Edwards, who is hosting a May 25 fundraiser at The Gentry to raise money for the fire district, said: “It’s amazing what they’ve done. The whole community has come together.”