A department that provides emergency help is in need of some of its own.
A recent inspection of Jay Emergency Medical Service’s four ambulance cots found they need to be replaced, EMS director Pat Frazee told Jay County Commissioners on Monday morning.
The cots were examined, with results showing that in their 14 years of use they had never been serviced. In addition, the cots had been used twice as long as recommended.
All four will need to be replaced, but in the meantime, three can continue service in the ambulances, with only one taken out of commission.
“She needs to replace these like yesterday,” said auditor Nancy Culy.
Though never serviced, the inspection showed that the cots had been well taken care of, said Frazee, who is currently trying to find quotes for the replacement. Frazee estimates each will cost around $5,000 and plans to request infrastructure funds from Jay County Council Wednesday to purchase the cots.
The commissioners also approved a measure stating that any basic emergency medical technician that has not started the new advanced EMT certification program by July 1 will be let go from Jay County EMS.
The change comes after Frazee had offered in May 2013 a stipulation that if a basic EMT paid for the $500 class up front and successfully completed the course and a year of work in Jay County, the county would reimburse the program cost. If an EMT chose not to take the class, the technician would be reduced to part-time.
And with changes in legislation, basic EMTs will no longer be recognized by the state beginning July 1. Keeping them on part-time in the only capacity allowed — as drivers — would be too costly for Jay County, Frazee said.
In other business, commissioners Milo Miller Jr., Jim Zimmerman and Faron Parr:
•Approved the use of the south side of Jay County Courthouse for Jay County Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning beginning June 7 and through the fall. Last year, the market had as many as 34 vendors each Saturday.
“We’re bringing people to the community,” said John Young, a coordinator of the market. “The whole conversation from farm to market … that’s a big conversation these days.”
•Heard about a drainage issue from a Pennville landowner. Doug Smith, 3167 N. Ind. 1, has flooding issues on his property coming from a farmer’s field. The draining issue is causing erosion on his property, but the surveyor’s office told him the drain is privately owned and isn’t maintained by the department so nothing can be done through the county. Miller told Smith the commissioners would be in touch with county surveyor Brad Daniels and county engineer Dan Watson to see who controls maintenance of the drain and what the county can do to assist with the problem.
•Accepted Jay County Veterans Service Officer Roy Leverich’s resignation, pending his finding a replacement for the position. Commissioners will post the open position, with applications available at the courthouse.
•Signed the Federal Surplus Property Program Application, which allows the county the ability to bid on surplus government equipment. The program has allowed the county to purchase in the past a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer as well as bulk office supplies.
•Read a thank you card from Josh Hall and Christina Bishop’s family that was sent to Jay EMS for its help during a November car crash that saw the couple critically injured in Bryant.
•Was introduced to Samantha Rhodehamel, who will serve as a summer intern in the county’s emergency management agency.