The future of ambulance services in Chickasaw County continues to be murky, but some approaches to the situation have become clearer.
The Chickasaw County Ambulance Council met Tuesday night to consider options that include exploring the possibility of the county starting its own service and/or negotiating with the current provider.
The council will seek a company to conduct a feasibility study to determine what the county would need in terms of equipment and facilities to start their own service. The county’s board of supervisors have discussed using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help pay for the startup costs, but ARPA funds can not be used for salaries and benefits to staff the service; an issue that the ambulance council would need to determine how to pay for.
The council will also look to meet with the current ambulance service provider, Jerry McGrath and Chickasaw Ambulance Service, for consideration of renegotiating the current contract, which is slated to expire June 30, 2022. Discussions could include restructuring the financial details or extending the contract’s ending date.
The council established two, 2-person committees to address both fronts.