By Carol McIntire
Sherrodsville Council agreed Monday night to establish an emergency first responder course within the village fire department.
The action comes in response to the village’s emergency ambulance service essentially shutting down earlier this year due to personnel issues.
Sherrodsville Community Fire Department Captain Jeff Sheiner presented a proposal to council Monday to establish the unit within the fire department.
“If Smith Ambulance is responding to a call in the village, it’s going to take them 30 minutes to get there,” he said. “We will respond when the ambulance is toned. We can go in, stabilize the patient and treat them until the ambulance arrives.”
Shreiner stressed the group will be volunteers and will not be paid. They will not use the village ambulance, but rather the fire department’s brush truck.
Initially he suggested the village train six people to become emergency first responders. He provided a list of four names who have already agreed to take the training.
“We have the possibility of adding five EMTs who are members of the fire department to that list so we have 11 to start with,” he stated.
The six will be required to complete a 48-hour course taught by Buckeye Career Center personnel. Cost is $500 per person. He believes the course can be taught in the fire department building.
He estimated the total cost to start the service at $5,633 and estimated the yearly cost to maintain it at $1,023 if they are permitted to use equipment from the village’s ambulance known as Squad #2.
“After we up and running, I can apply for grants to cover the cost of training. I am willing to take that on,” said Sheiner, who is also an EMT.
Mayor Ken Moffat asked if the village can tap into the $56,000 in the ambulance fund for start up funds. Solicitor Jason Jackson suggested that would be a question for the auditors. Fiscal Officer Roxanne Mazuer said the auditor’s are going to tell her to act under the direction of council. She believes the first responders will fall under emergency services and the village is permitted to use the funds.
Applications will be available next week in the Sherrodsville Post Office for anyone in Carroll and surrounding counties who would like to take the training. Completed applications should be mailed to the Village of Sherrodsville, P.O. Box 31, Sherrodsville, OH 44675 or emailed to email@example.com.
In a matter related to emergency services, Safety Committee Member Amy McCormick said six applicants were interviewed for the ambulance coordinator position, but no decision has been made. “At this point, we don’t know if we are going to do second interviews or not,” she said.
McCormick and other committee members said they are attempting to rebuild the ambulance service in the village from the ground up.
Councilman Bud Newell suggested the village forget about the ambulance service and work with the first responders.
“I don’t think you better worry about getting the ambulance running again,” Newell said. “We can’t afford it.”
“What Mr. Newell said is true,” Sheiner said. “The day of the volunteer ambulance service being run out a village is dwindling. We can get the first responders up and running a lot faster than you can get the squad up and running again.”
Maffett pointed out the village has $58,000 invested in a new ambulance sitting in a building not being used. Safety Committee members noted it is still their goal to have the ambulance service operating in the village once again.
In other business, council:
-LEARNED from Fire Chief Terry Sanders a fish fry is planned May 27 from 5-7 p.m. in the fire department building.
-HEARD Moffat report on a Summer Celebration planned June 18. The event includes a basketball tournament, wiffle ball tournament and corn hole tournament. There will also a disc jockey and food provided by the fire department. Proceeds go toward the village’s annual homecoming. Council approved spending up to $500 for the event. “There will be something for everyone,” said Moffat. “We want everyone to come out and celebrate summer with us.”
-LEARNED a pallet of cement mix was purchased to fill pot holes. Moffat asked for volunteers to form a work crew to fill the holes.
Sanders suggested that, if there are enough holes to fill, the village look into purchasing ready mix cement, which would be much less labor intensive. He agreed to check on pricing.
-AGREED not to pursue a smoke free policy for village ball fields and parks, citing the inability to enforce such a measure.