Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on November 12, 2012 @ 11:53AM
Created on November 10, 2012 @ 6:11PM
UPDATE: Friday, November 9, 7 p.m.
Anmoore Fire Chief Eddie Hardman returned a call to 5 News. He said that around November 1, he was asked to have his crews out of the Salem Fire Department. Ever since Anmoore took over the Salem area, he had been looking for a place to put them but he didn't have one secured until December 1.
On Friday, Chief Hardman met with PARCS Equipment and found a temporary place for the crews to go until December. For the time being, they will run from PARCS Equipment on Route 50. Hardman said it will take about three minutes to get into downtown Salem. In the beginning of December, his crews will start working out of another PARCS building on Main Street in downtown Salem.
Hardman said it's been his goal to provide efficient service to the residents of this new area and he was working hard to find a place to put his crews so that they wouldn't have to drive from Anmoore. He wanted to thank the Sanders family of PARCS Equipment for also caring for these residents.
Salem Fire Chief Rick Todd still hasn't returned our call.
ORIGINAL: Friday, November 9, 6 p.m.
A few months back, the Salem Fire Department decided to give up their ambulance service. Anmoore stepped up and told the Ambulance Authority that they would take over Salem's first due area. The Authority agreed to it under one circumstance, that Anmoore would have a set base somewhere in that first due. At Thursday's Ambulance Authority meeting, it was announced that there was a slight problem.
For awhile, Anmoore EMS was running one crew out of the Salem Volunteer Fire Department. Apparently that's no longer happening, so they were looking for a new place to put the crew so that response time is shorter than leaving from Anmoore's department.
Calls to both Salem Fire Chief Rick Todd and Anmoore Fire Chief Eddie Hardman to see why things had changed weren't returned. Ambulance Authority member Ron Watson said they just learned that Anmoore wasn't working out of Salem's department anymore. The reason isn't totally clear but Watson wants citizens of Salem to know that they still have ambulance coverage 24 hours a day. At the meeting, they talked about possible solutions to get a base for Anmoore within what used to be Salem's first due. One answer was that the county commission can loan a FEMA trailer to Anmoore that they can place it at a central location in the area. That could happen very soon.
"The Ambulance Authority's responsibility is to ensure that we have adequate ambulance providers throughout the county. The residents of that first due area do not have to worry about not having ambulance service. It will still be provided," said Watson.
Regardless of what solution they chose, Watson and Ambulance Authority President Roger Diaz said that everyone in that area will be covered. If Anmoore is too far away, Harrison County EMS will respond to calls in that area.
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