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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cameron County May Stop
Offering Paramedic Services in November

Cameron County Ambulance is planning to stop offering paramedic services in November.

Veteran paramedic and local first responders’ union president Mike Valilne tells WESB and The Hero the union is concerned.

Mike Valine

He says if someone is having a serious health crisis and need more care than what an EMT can provide, that person may have to wait another 30 minutes for a paramedic to come from St. Marys or Coudersport.

The board of Cameron County Ambulance said in a news release that a reduction in volume has led to a significant budget deficit, and that eliminating paramedic service is necessary for the financial health of the non-profit organization.

Valine says the union gave Cameron County Ambulance a list of suggestions to stay fiscally sound without eliminating paramedic service, and still hopes they can make it work.

"I've heard people all over the place worrying about the same thing," Valine said. "What if it's my loved one having a serious heart attack and the ambulance takes too long to get there?"

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