York County considers ending double-dispatching of ambulances

York County considers ending double-dispatching of ambulances

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

YORK, S.C. -- The York County Council again put off a vote Monday night on the latest plan to end the practice of dispatching competing ambulances to the same scene.

Under the current situation, a volunteer EMS rescue squad ambulance and an ambulance from Piedmont Medical Center are often sent to the same emergency call.

"We're looking for a system that is not only equitable to the responders here in the county and the rescue squads, but we are also looking for a system that is equitable to the citizens of the county," said Tim McMichael, with the Fort Mill Rescue Squad.

Some speakers said they believed Piedmont was trying to leverage an unfair advantage over the volunteer services.

"We have one that has an advantage or an unfair advantage over the other. The system will degrade," said Brian Murphy. He is on the board of the Fort Mill EMS squad.

Some council members asked for another delay to review the latest version of the contract. The proposed delay did not sit well with Britt Blackwell, the Council Chairman.

"I have tremendous concerns about just a goal of two months and then we'll see what we feel like doing." said Blackwell.

But he lost when the majority of the council voted to send the proposed new contract back to committee for more study.

The volunteers in the audience said it was the right thing to do.

"Yes it was. This contract has been like a game of Whack-A-Mole. We think we have it put down and suddenly something else pops up," said Al Dipalma.

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