A Public Safety Question
EDITORIAL: We encourage Laurens County to move with all haste to have EMS service back in Clinton.
The safety of our citizens is of paramount importance to this newspaper. Having Laurens County EMS service for eastern Laurens County anchored in Joanna, instead of Clinton, is unacceptable.
There apparently was some kind of snafu with the air conditioner, blowing a fuse when the firefighter side was cool but the EMS side was not, or vice versa. That prompted the EMS to move out, not telling the City of Clinton they were going. Now the AC is fixed, but the City’s not encouraging the EMS to moved back in. Or something like that. Plus, the EMS quarters in Clinton are upstairs, so staying in an on-the-flat trailer in Joanna is a little easier on the knees. We’re not really interested in all that backing-and-forthing.
We just want the ambulances back.
We just know we’re the second largest city in the county and we deserve that service.
We are first-responders to two interstate highways - something that is a real challenge to our City’s limited public safety budget.
We understand the County has been diligent in attempting to deal with a $600,000/annual gap in the EMS budget (expenses over revenues).
We also understand that the accommodations offered by Clinton are of concern to the County’s leadership.
If eastern Laurens County needs to be designated a Special Purpose Tax District for EMS - until the service becomes solvent - then so be it. Whatever it takes - put ambulances and the people who run them back in Clinton. For our safety, and the safety of our people. Can we say it any more plainly?