New Ambulance Board To Assist With EMS Decisions

The board will make recommendation not just for Columbus, but for Bartholomew County EMS services as well.

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One proposal the board may look at would house ambulances in various Columbus fire stations.

A newly resurrected committee met in Columbus Friday to discuss the future of ambulance service in Bartholomew County.

The Emergency Ambulance Services Board was created to act as an intermediary between the city, the county, and Columbus Regional Hospital. Chairman Larry Fisher says the advisory board will make recommendations on how to best implement Emergency Medical Services in Bartholomew County.

“(We are) to advise the different directions that will be beneficial to residents, the mayor, the commissioners, as to what we feel is the recommendation to the best service we can provide,” he says.

The board is currently tasked with recommending a new EMS provider for Columbus. Currently, Columbus Regional Hospital is the provider, but Rural Metro also had made a bid, along with other private regional companies.

Mayor Kristen Brown asked the board to make a recommendation by mid July, but some board members Friday indicated that might be an unrealistic goal.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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