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Mike Berthel

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?

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