There is a need for EMS in the more remote-read outside of Nashville-parts of the county. It is a hard 30 minute lights and siren run to Athens.People have proposed all kinds of solutions,some workable some not. The smallest amount I've seen published that anyone can put an ambulance in Dierks for is 11,000$ a month.
There is a solution all ready in place that for 15,000$ a year could save lives but no one has seen fit to utilize it. There are medical first responders all over Howard county.They are not supported by any tax money, they raise their own funds and buy their own equipment.
What would it take to use the first responders to the maximum benefit for the people of Howard County? I think the following will have to happen before the first responder program can reach its full potential.
1- recognition by the Quorum court as a legitimate part of EMS system
2- Director for the program must be hired this is a part time , probably around 10-15 hours a week.
3- Standardization of equipment, training and run reports over the county.
4- Development of county wide protocols
5- A medical director must be in place.
6- The following must be educated as to the capabilities,limits,and requirements of the first responders:law enforcement,dispatchers,Howard Memorial Hospital,EMS agencies and the public
If this is done the people of the county can have quicker,professional medical help, and it can be done for a very small cost.
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