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Section A: General News


Commissioners to tackle EMS coverage issues


Commissioners to tackle  EMS coverage issues
Mary Hernandez


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Wilson County News
April 25, 2012
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The continued need for emergency medical services (EMS) squads from Floresville and La Vernia to answer calls in the Eagle Creek area has EMS directors from those two squads seeking the county’s help. Mary Hernandez of Floresville-based Wilson County EMS addressed the Wilson County Commissioners Court about the issue at its April 23 meeting.

The two squads frequently have to fill in for Eagle Creek EMS, which often has to forgo coverage due to a lack of available manpower, Hernandez said. This leads to problems, such as increased response times.

Hernandez asked the commissioners to consider compensating Wilson County EMS and La Vernia EMS for days when they have to cover Eagle Creek’s calls. According to Edwin Baker, coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, the commissioners currently allocate the equivalent of $68.50 per day to defray Eagle Creek EMS’ costs of providing ambulance services to its coverage area.

Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney suggested that Hernandez and Ronnie Rye of La Vernia EMS should address their concerns with Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2, which includes much of Eagle Creek’s coverage area. Sarah Gella, the ESD board’s secretary, reminded the commissioners that it will be Oct. 1 before the ESD has an ambulance service provider in place.

Also related to EMS services, the commissioners discussed a proposal to establish a third ESD, which would provide countywide ambulance coverage. Commissioner Larry Wiley said the goal is to place the item on the ballot for the November election.

Quinney said increasing issues with funding and a lack of volunteers, coupled with decreasing reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, will continue to pose a threat to the county’s four EMS providers unless a countywide ESD is established. If approved, property owners living within the district would be assessed an ad valorem tax of up to 10 cents per $100 of property value, which would be used exclusively to fund ambulance services.

In other action, the commissioners:

•Voted to submit grant applications for funds to be used toward a household hazardous-waste collection event and a recycling trailer.

•Voted on the preliminary approval of regulations for recreational-vehicle parks, for which a public hearing on takings impact assessment will be held May 29.

•Voted to adopt the administrative portion of regulations related to sexually oriented businesses, for which a public hearing on takings impact assessment will be held May 29.

•Voted to solicit bids for a company to provide nonconsent tows as initiated by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office dispatch, which will be opened May 29. The current contract with Rick’s Towing expires May 1.

In attendance: Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, commissioners Albert Gamez Jr., Paul Pfeil, and Larry Wiley, County Auditor Ray Wolff, County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., County Clerk Eva Martinez, County Treasurer Jan Hartl, Assistant County Auditor Kristin Labus, Coordinator Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, Coordinator LeAnn Hosek of the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, and Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Sara Canady.

 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Timmy Tee  
Anderson, TX  
January 8 at 12:16am
 
Ah yes, another brilliant comment by "its me."

 
Absolem  
Wilson County  
September 2, 2015 2:41pm
 
Companies like Shurmed,Americanna,Gemini,AmbTrans,Legends,Unite
d & Apollo cant handle a county wide 911 contract. The best thing for the people in this county is a larger company with the recourses to provide new ambulances, ... More ›

 
Absolem  
Wilson County  
September 2, 2015 2:30pm
 
Honestly, I sincerely think a County Wide EMS contract is perfect. Whether is Acadian, American Medical Response (AMR) or perhaps even Metro, I think it would be but cheaper for the county and to have Paramedics on every truck ... More ›

 
Absolem  
Wilson County  
September 2, 2015 2:17pm
 
I'm sorry,but if I lived in La Vernia, id drive across the bored into Bexar County and call 911. At least then id get Acadian with Paramedics onboard.

 
Absolem  
Wilson County  
September 2, 2015 2:15pm
 
La Vernia EMS flies everything out because they don't have anything higher than an Intermediate. Why don't they have any Paramedics?

 
No Nonsense  
USA  
September 1, 2015 10:05pm
 
Its me, hold your tongue... The clown car of the fd was no better.

 
No Nonsense  
USA  
September 1, 2015 10:01pm
 
Air Lift a 95 ish year old woman who has been down several hours. Absolutely stunning. Absolute clowns.

 
No Nonsense  
USA  
August 18, 2015 11:04pm
 
While on this old topic, how about county commissioners solicit bids for countywide EMS. I hear Acadian does it for free! Google "county EMS contracts." Maybe people will quit being billed for oxygen when they ... More ›

 
No Nonsense  
USA  
August 18, 2015 10:57pm
 
Its me; unless you have proof, I'd retract that comment.

 
Concerned Citizen  
Youtown, TX  
May 7, 2012 1:10am
 
While it is great to see the county officials finally take EMS coverage seriously, I believe there could be a much simpler solution to solving the shortcomings of ALL of the current EMS providers in the county. The most viable ... More ›

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