year-to-date summary from EMS Director
Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer
The Ripley County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday,
May 8. Present were Commissioners Robert Reiners, Chuck Folz and
Lawrence Nickell. County Attorney Neil Comer and County Auditor,
Mary Ann McCoy were also in attendance.
EMS Director, Scott Huffman, reported on that departments
activities so far in 2007. In January, there were 136 medic dispatches,
131 in February, 136 in March and 129 in April. EMS averaged 4-5
runs per day. Huffman noted that on one very unusually hectic day,
there were 13 runs with seven patients transported to hospitals.
By district, in April, EMS10 had 29 runs, Rescue 20 had nine, Rescue
30 had 33 and Rescue 69 had 58.
Huffman told commissioners that the EMS budget is in good shape.
I dont see any shortfalls, he commented. Huffman
also reported that he does not foresee the need for any new vehicles
until possibly 2009. He told commissioners that all they have required
is normal maintenance in the form of new tires, brake work, oil
EMS employees are getting training in a number of areas. They will
participate in extrication as well as rope training in May and June.
Then they will gear up for a Critical Care Class in September.
Attorney Neil Comer offered a county ordinance concerning reserve
police officers to the commissioners for approval. The ordinance
states that reserve officers are to be appointed by a merit board.
The Ripley County Sheriff would have authority to terminate a reserve
officer. There are to be no more than 35 reserves. The merit board
would decide on residency requirements. Training is to be determined
by the State. Reserve officers will be volunteers not eligible for
Benefits such as uniforms and insurance as well as funding appropriations
are to be determined by the County Council. Commissioner Chuck Folz
made a motion to approve the Reserve Officer Authorization Ordinance,
which was seconded by Lawrence Nickell. The motion was approved