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Whately To Decide on Regional Ambulance Plan

whatley(WHATELY, Mass)-WGGB-The question coming up at next week’s special town meeting is whether Whately will join a regional ambulance service with the towns of Deerfield and Sunderland.

The plan’s been in the works for more than two years.

Selectman like Jonathan Edwards favor the regional approach,”What will be created from this is a 24 hour, 7 day a week fulltime paramedic ambulance service that provides for people’s needs whenever they need an ambulance, ” says Edwards.

Keith Bardwell is Whately’s Deputy Fire Chief,”In Whately’s case, we’ve had many instances where calls go unanswered by our own EMT’s because there’s just nobody available,” says Bardwell.

But not everyone in town is ready to vote yes on regionalization at this time,”The biggest reason is because of all the unanswered questions , the holes that are in the system and losing our ambulance here in town,” says Gary Stone, Whately’s Ambulance Director.

Stone says the other towns have newer ambulances. Those two ambulances he says will be kept in Deerfield and Sunderland.

If Whately wants to keep its old ambulance stone says it will have to pay for it in addition to joining the regional plan,”I think it’s kind of premature to be presenting this to the townspeople at this point  without filling in all the gaps,” says Gary Stone.

Those who favor regionalization says it enhances what Whately already has,”If you’re having a heart attack, if you’re having a stroke, or even if you’re having chest pains it doesn’t have to be a heart attack every minute counts,” says Jonathan Edwards.

Whately residents will get a chance to vote on the regional ambulance plan at a special town meeting next Tuesday October 15th.

The other two towns will vote later in the month.



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