• Bill Raines

Martin County Scrambles for Ambulance Coverage

MARTIN COUNTY - AUGUST 22, 2022 - Martin County officials are working to create their own ambulance service after Knox County EMS discontinued services to Martin County as of midnight Monday morning.


Knox County EMS discontinues ambulance service in Martin County as of midnight Monday morning


According to Paul George President Martin County Commissioners, the Indiana Emergency Medical Commission was notified last night that the ambulance service would be discontinuing service.


Martin County has only one Basic Life Support Ambulance that is available and working on getting a medical director and other equipment to operate their own ambulance service.


According to officials at this time there is only one ambulance that has been certified by the state and looking to purchase more.


" At this time, we have contacted Memorial Hospital EMS, and advised them to be prepared for paramedic intercepts. This was not unexpected, as Martin County has been preparing for this to happen over the last couple months," said George.


The Martin County Ambulance Service is expected to operate out of the Civil Defense building on U.S. 50 by the fairgrounds. Jeremy Osborne has been chosen to lead the EMS agency.


" We are working to get it staffed and prepared to respond to medical emergencies in the county,"


The Knox County EMS operated in Knox County however, in May, 2022 the company refused to extend its contract for ambulance service. Good Samaritan Hospital took over ambulance service in that county.


Lawrence County Zephyr will continue to monitor developments in this story.


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