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Halstead EMS Recertifying Sedgwick Ambulance, Hiring Personnel

Posted 10/5/2017

By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—After months of negotiating between Halstead and Sedgwick, a three-year EMS contract has been approved and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Halstead has been providing EMS services to Sedgwick since March 1 of this year.

So what happens now?

Halstead EMS Director Andy Lowe said the first order of business will be taking possession of the 2011 Chevy ambulance valued at $25,000. Sedgwick agreed to give up its EMS equipment in lieu of paying for EMS service from July through the end of 2017.

Lowe said the ambulance needs to have a KDOT inspection, then will be sent to be re-certified.

“That will take 45 days max,” Lowe said. “It will cost $9,000 to $14,000 just to get the ambulance ready for service.”

As for additional personnel, Lowe will be looking to hire an additional paramedic.

“We will begin that process the first of November,” he said. “We will hire another paramedic that will cover 24/7. We will also be looking to hire another person with EMT or higher qualifications. They will be on a rotating schedule.”

He also has been busy putting together a response operation. “We have gone through the supplies in Sedgwick are have everything rebagged, repackaged, and reconfigured,” he said.

Lowe said there are still first responders working in Sedgwick who receive the same 911 dispatch as Halstead.

“They can get to the scene first and stay with the patient until we get there,” Lowe said. “All transport has to done by Halstead. Ultimately, we want to make sure we are providing the best service to all citizens, not one town or the other.”