County approves EMS equipment with $65k price tag

June 6, 2019

By John Raffel

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners dealt with various EMS issues at its regular meeting on Tuesday,

The commissioners approved purchase of equipment for the EMS rescue task force equipment project as presented in the amount of $64.034.35.
“They got a grant for part of it and are getting a loan for part of it, from USDA,” Jack Nehmer of Marion, commission chairman said. “Very little of it is being paid out of the contingency fund. Most of it is being paid through grants.”

The commissioners approved waiving the fee of $600 paid to the county for the 2019 Fall EMT class for local fire department members.

“It’s a joint effort to try to get more people in the fire departments and by doing that they can take this class and we’ll waive the initial fee and the fire departments would pay for the materials needed,” Nehmer said. “We thought if we did that we would have accomplished two things such as getting more people into the fire department. Most of the surrounding fire departments don’t have enough crew. We thought it would bring more people to the fire departments and maybe some of them would like to be EMTs.”

The commission approve the bad debt writeoffs to the EMS department for $72,953.36.

The board also approved the bid with Landmark Design Group for the EMS Training room project drawings for $5,500.

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