Sullivan lawmakers tackle EMS issues

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MONTICELLO – Sullivan County is a large, rural county with over a dozen volunteer emergency services agencies and two paid ambulance services. County legislators, Thursday, discussed issues dealing with availability of personnel when an individual is in medical crisis.

Legislator Luis Alvarez said the current system is a difficult one to sustain.

“It is also impossible for somebody to volunteer, train, put their time in trying to keep on top of everything that he’s doing, and work all day and have a job, it’s impossible. It’s not working,” he told fellow lawmakers.

One suggestion proposed by legislators was to attract additional paid service, but that raises the question of who will pay for it.

The issue will be discussed further at future meetings.