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Greene County may consider countywide ambulance system

Sep 08, 2023 12:59 am

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that Hunter Town Supervisor Sean Mahoney addressed the Greene County Legislature's Health Services Committee meeting Sept. 6 on behalf of the six other mountaintop supervisors and two mayors, requesting that county officials consider a countywide ambulance system. Mahoney said, “This could put all EMS coverage under one umbrella, reducing the costs to municipalities and increasing the effectiveness of our [advanced life support] and [basic life support providers].” A task force for the legislature considered the idea in 2014, but there was not enough support. Now Mahoney wants a new task force. Greene County Emergency Services says EMS agencies were dispatched in 8,672 times in 2022, up from 8,284 in 2021 and 7,323 in 2020. Legislators Matthew Luvera of Catskill and Harry Lennon from Cairo both said they supported the idea of an independent committee to look at the issue. Mahoney said, “We need to take a look at the whole picture and figure out if this is the right way and if not let’s figure out the right way.” Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.