September 29, 2023

Ten months  after Sumter County began a takeover of emergency medical companies, ambulances haven’t arrived and American Medical Response (AMR) continues to function three autos.

The Sumter County Hearth Division covers the non-Villages portion of the county. In The Villages, the Public Security Division took over ambulance companies final Oct. 1, when the county fiscal 12 months started.

Each the county and The Villages determined to imagine management of ambulance companies after lengthy delays have been reported for AMR, a nationwide personal firm that operated the service.

County commissioners voted Tuesday evening to amend a three-year transition settlement with AMR so as to add a 4 p.c cost-of-living enhance to a $1,200 every day subsidy per paramedic equipped by the corporate.

County Administrator Bradley Arnold stated AMR continues to function three ambulances and three are operated by county workers. One other ambulance isn’t staffed.

The proposed county price range for 2023-24 would add 27 firefighter-paramedic positions.

Commissioner Jeffrey Bogue questioned the delay for the county to imagine full management of emergency medical companies.

“I do know the residents need us to transition out of this (AMR),” he stated. “I simply need to be sure that we’re not simply sitting again on our laurels.”

Arnold disagreed with Bogue, saying “that’s not a part of the board’s route.”

Bogue, an emergency medical companies administrator, stated he can’t perceive why ambulance supply is taking so lengthy now that provide shortages have eased.

After the assembly, Arnold stated staffing the firefighter-paramedic positions could also be harder than getting the ambulances.

He stated the delays usually are not an effort to increase AMR’s companies within the county and he’s grateful the corporate is keen to offer them once they may deploy their workers elsewhere.

County Chairman Craig Estep requested Arnold to offer a whole report on the standing of the transition.