CATSKILL, N.Y. – A county-wide ambulance service is being considered in Greene County, and the Ambulance Task Force met Monday to determine if the county should make the switch.
County leaders said they’ve seen a shortage of volunteers as well as paid emergency medical services staff throughout the county. To help save money, leaders assembled the task force to decide if a county-wide EMS company is the right choice.
The task force met Monday to get feedback from residents. The goal of a county-wide company would be to provide quality service with low response times as well as low costs to tax payers.
The task force has been weighing options for the last few months. The need for a county-wide EMS operation isn’t urgent, but Reynold Rouse, a consultant to the task force, said planning for one is important.
“The great benefits of the task force, I think, is that they are getting ahead of the curve,” he said. “We’re not in a crisis situation with ambulance services or emergency medical services. But I think we’re headed in that direction, so the task force is getting ahead of the problem to make sure there is not a crisis.
No town in Greene County would be required to participate in whatever the proposal the task force makes.