This was sent to us by a local fire fighter on November 3, 2009. Email us with your take on this . . .
The hiring process for the medics to staff the Rohrersville and Mt. Aetna medic units is on hold as a result of the
BoCC meeting on Oct 27.
There currently is one unit, Paramedic 1810, in service and it has operated out of the Clear Spring area for the last month.
The Director has been asked to meet with those in the EMS community that are now against the implementation of the
EMS Master Plan
that was passed by the BoCC on December 18th of 2007 and funded in the County budget the last 2 years.
This plan represents an immediate opportunity for us to get localized ALS coverage for South County.
According to Director Lewis, the earliest further discussion would make the BoCC agenda would be in December.
We at the fire company have anxiously been awaiting this service as it will greatly improve the quality of care in our community.
The ALS units currently covering our area from Brunswick, Boonsboro, and Sharpsburg require additional time to reach scenes (sometimes 25-30 mins) and are often unavailable because of their call volume elsewhere.
Because of logistical, political, and financial obstacles, the fire company can not place an ambulance in service in Rohrersville at this time.
The addition of the medic service would ensure high level care with a shorter response time.
The implementation of the Rohrersville medic unit would demonstrate a commitment of County government to our portion of the County until a better alternative could develop within a County EMS system.
I personally have been advocating the need for better EMS service in our area for years and am distraught out over such an eleventh hour delays once we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The Washington County Government web site has streaming audio/video from their meetings.
This is a good thing.
Meeting minutes (which are archived on the site) are never as detailed as the actual recording.
The County has only recently started making archived recordings of previous meetings available.
However, the recording may only be "streamed" to your PC and may not be downloaded for listening on your MP3 player.
Also, recordings of meetings before May 19, 2009 are not available on the County site.
As a public service, we have been capturing and archiving the audio portion.
Some are accessible below, and may be either streamed or downloaded.
If you want one which is not shown, contact us to see if we have it.
Below are various published media, such as books and DVD's, in no special order.
Contact us if there is something you would like to see us add.
We own copies of all of these, so let us know if there are any you would like to borrow.
Where do we get these?
In addition, on Aug 4 2009 - A group of us went to a local residents home to check out their local history stuff.
It consisted of mostly Civil War books, but there was also a map, a Civil War game, and even a book on local trolleys!
Check out the cool photos we took.
If you would like to look at any of the actual items, or if you would like to share your Civil War stuff, please contact us.
These DVDs cover our general area, but not Sandy Hook specifically. Anyone want to help us make a Sandy Hook DVD?