The Todd County Ambulance Service could soon be privatized after Fiscal Court decided to bid out the service to interested companies this morning.
The county has been advertising a full-time EMS Director position in the Todd County Standard for a couple weeks and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says interviews have already been conducted with interested candidates. Current Director Locky Beasley fills that position on a part-time basis.
Judge Greenfield and Magistrates Brent Spurlin and John Camp have recently been looking at the county's options and studied Logan County's procedures. Logan contracts with Com-Care, which is a private ambulance service. Com-Care also provides full services to Ohio County and does the billing for Hancock County.
Com-Care President Jim Duke took questions for nearly an hour from county officials and explained what they do in Logan.
Judge Greenfield asked if he would try to have as many Todd County residence on the force as possible and Duke says he has a record of a strong local presence in all of his communities.
There would be positive and negative impacts for employees. Wages would likely be increased for employees, based on the figures Duke gave, though they would lose their county employment benefit package. Duke said Com-Care does offer health insurance, time off and a 401k program.
The cost to patients could also be reduced, at least for some services, though those figures were not given in detail by anyone. Fiscal court unanimously voted to bid the service out to look at what options are available for privatization, should they decide to go that route. Judge Greenfield was quick to point out the county could still decide to operate the ambulance service as an entity of Todd County Government, though more full-time employees will have to be hired soon and that will take a larger portion of the budget.