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Public meeting June 11 to focus on EMS challenges



Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are vital to the healthcare of every community. Providing urgent medical care at the scene and then timely transport to the nearest medical facility not only dramatically improves the health outcome of the patient, it is often the difference between life and death. It is absolutely imperative that we have adequate EMS services in the rural setting of Idaho County. Unfortunately, the EMS services in our area fall under the shadow of a looming crisis. EMS services throughout Idaho and across rural America face overwhelming challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining the first responders who provide these services.

The Idaho Bureau of EMS & Preparedness, under the direction of the Idaho legislature, has organized a series of EMS town hall meetings across the state. Meetings similar to this one were held in 2012 and were poorly attended so little action was taken. This year, the meeting in our area will be at the Grangeville Senior Center on June 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. These meetings are open to the public to obtain feedback and ideas on how to improve our EMS services.

Anyone who has witnessed the life of a loved one saved by an ambulance call will tell you that everyone has a stake in the future of our EMS services. We urge everyone to support the improvement of our local EMS services by attending this meeting.

By Abner King, CEO

Al Bolden, board chair

Syringa Hospital District



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