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May 2, 2014

In Our Opinion: Paid services needed for fire, EMS


It may be time for us to examine if money can be found to recruit, not just volunteers, but paid emergency workers. 

In 2007, we wrote, “Countywide fly-car services may lie on the horizon for many rural counties, as paid services find costs rising and profits declining. Geography indicates that counties should work together on ambulance services to provide the most efficient service, but until the state gets behind the idea, it will not be easy.”

As volunteers continue to dwindle, we encourage local counties to follow Schoharie County’s lead and look to create a countywide ambulance service, or a system of fly cars — whether the state is behind the idea or not. 

Our lives may depend on it. 

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