A few years ago the Salem Fire Department had their own ambulance service and when they stopped, Anmoore stationed one of their ambulances there. Anmoore City Council has announced that they're pulling their services out of Salem.
Council members told 5 News their last day in Salem will be in the middle of March because it's just not cost effective for them. Harrison County EMS will respond to any emergency in the area.
One council member said that the people of Anmoore are having to pay for something that's helping Salem and they're not getting anything in return. So, it's not they don't want to help it's just not in their best interest right now. Usually, one of the Anmoore ambulances is stationed in Salem, but not all the time. That means, sometimes responders have to come from Anmoore and they pass the Harrison EMS Station by North View on the way so it may not be a big adjustment.
Thursday morning at Harrison County Commission they read an announcement from the Ambulance Authority and Ron Watson told 5 News even though Harrison County EMS covers a bigger area, they have more manpower and they're strictly paramedics.
"They can cover anywhere and they have about 40 individuals and employees that work for them, maybe even more than that. They provide a 24/7 service. The difference between the Harrison County Squad and Bridgeport and Anmoore is that those guys also fight fires," said Ron Watson, Harrison County Commission President.
Some people said they were worried about response time, but others said it's more than just this incident.
"I have some issues with some of the EMS, but they need to have a better system which would carry more and if they take away then that would cause more problems," said A.J. Hardy, Area Resident.
Rick Rock, the EMS Director, said they aren't concerned about this change. They'll see how everything works out and adapt if they need to.