NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Members of a volunteer fire department in Nicholas County are interested in expanding the services they provide to the community.
Nicholas County Commissioners say they are considering the request from the Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department to become a full-fledged ambulance service in the county.
The VFD added two ambulances to its fleet. They are equipped with everything that is needed to be state-approved. There are also qualified EMTs and paramedics to operate them.
Currently members can respond to an emergency call and stabilize a patient — but only an approved ambulance can actually transport a patient to the hospital.
Chief Charley Bickford says they are requesting to have the same status for a few reasons.
“Our ultimate goal is to get the citizens of Nicholas County fast, adequate care that they deserve, and to get people the help that they need as fast as they can get it,” Bickford said.
“I think there are some deficiencies in the county as far as EMS overage goes — and this is one capability that we can help implement to make that better. We’re neighbors helping neighbors and that’s what we’re here for, to help the people and give them the advanced care that they deserve.”
Commission leaders say the current response times are adequate by national standards for a county so large and so rural.
County commissioners say there are several factors to consider when bringing a new ambulance service on board and that they are working to evaluate the groups request to begin providing service in the area.
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