Mary Alice Reporting – Smith Ambulance will now be housed in Dennison providing services for the village and surrounding Townships.
The Ambulance Coalition dates back to the 1970’s when it included Uhrichsville, Dennison, the Village of Tuscarawas, and townships in Mill, Union, Warwick, and Rush. A change was made when council, in the City of Uhrichsville, decided to give the EMS contract to their fire department.
Owner of Smith Ambulance, Robert Smith, says that, without the subsidiary from Uhrichsville calls, they were not able to have 24/7 staff in that vicinity for the other townships and so talks started with Dennison, Mill, and Union for each entity to contract with Smith.
“Dennison has quite a few EMS trained folks, EMT’s mostly, and a couple of paramedics so we formed a contracted partnership. We actually have two ambulances there and we can served the Village of Dennison, Mill, and Union. Since April, there have been over 110 ambulances calls in Mill alone and a handful in Union.”
An ambulance is staffed by Smith personnel from 6 am to 6 pm and then Dennison EMS is available overnight.
Smith has two ambulances in Dennison and a new garage construction will help house those service vehicles and apparatuses used by firefighters.
Smith Ambulances contract bid is for $17 per capita.
“I believe that’s what Dennison pays us and then, of course, we bill for the call. Ambulance service is very, very expensive. Basically, what they’re subsidizing is that stand-by time because the Twin City area volume is very, very low.”
He adds that staff members are on-call at all times and points out that Tuscarawas County departments are under a mutual aid agreement to provide services in serious cases.
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