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EMS

Slow EMS Response Has Towns Working Together

ONE IDEA: DIVIDE COUNTY INTO 6 PARTS

Slow EMS Response Has

Towns Working Together

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Town Supervisors Ed Lentz, New Lisbon, above, and Mike Berthel, Pittsfield, are involved in an effort to improve rural EMS service. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

About 20 months ago, Pittsfield Town Supervisor Mike Berthel’s 8-year-old son had a fever. When it spiked to 105.5, the father called 911.

He then waited 35 minutes before an ambulance arrived to take his son to the hospital. His son recovered quickly, but Berthel worried about the town Emergency Medical Services’ long response time.

What if someone had had a stroke and needed EMS immediately?

Otsego Emergency Agencies To Participate in Active Shooter Drill

‘ACTION’ SATURDAY AT UNATEGO

Otsego’s Emergency Agencies

Ready For Active Shooter Drilll

An example of an active shooter drill held by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at a middle school in Florida. (Via Escambia Couny Sheriff's Office Facebook)
Here’s an example of an active shooter drill held by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at a middle school in Florida, the type that is planned this weekend at Unatego High School. (Via Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)

OTEGO – Oneonta EMS, Otsego County 911 and Cooperstown Medical Transport are among the emergency-service agencies set to participate in an active-shooter drill at Unatego High School on Saturday, Jan. 23.

The drill, which will run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., will help train emergency service providers on how to handle an active shooter scenario.  It will be conducted by members of the state police, Wells Bridge Fire Department, Otego Fire Department, Unadilla Fire Department, Life Net, Otsego County Emergency Management, Franklin Fire Department and Sidney EMS.

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