By PJ Martin
The Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors met on December 13th at the TJ Samson Community Center. Absent were Metcalfe Judge/Executive Larry Wilson, and Mrs. Karisa Peterson.
Executive Director Joe Middleton asked the board to consider a two-step jump increase across the board for all full-time operators. This request was to remain competitive with other services and retain more employees. Middleton described it as “Increase pay, not staff.”
After much discussion, a motion was approved to remove step one and for a one-step raise in pay for all full-time employees beginning January 7, 2024. All part-time employees are to remain at step one as long as they remain part-time.
Next, the two bids received for the next ambulance purchases were opened. The bid went to Penn Care with a bid of $184,450 for each Chevrolet G4500 Chassis. It was approved to order three (2 for Barren and 1 for Metcalfe) with a delivery date of approximately December 2025.
The October and November financials were presented by Executive Secretary/Treasurer Shawn Estes.
October’s adjusted cash receipts were $551,225 and adjusted expenses of $552,524 for a net loss of $1,299.
November’s adjusted cash receipts were $523,790 and adjusted expenses of $537,645 for a net loss of $13,856.
The note for ambulance #506 with Edmonton State Bank has a balance of $40,003.60 and the note for ambulance #510 with Limestone Bank has a balance of $50,289.84.
Middleton presented the operations reports with October runs totaling 924 with 801 in Barren County and 123 in Metcalfe County.
November had 906 runs with 785 in Barren County and 121 in Metcalfe County.
The average turnaround time (Jan. 1 – Dec 12) from receiving the call to completion is 27 minutes and 58 seconds.
Middleton also presented the response report sorted by Fire Dept. District and volume by BMEMS Station for October and November.
The two new ambulances were picked up in Elkhart, Indiana and one is being striped while the other is being equipped. Both should be in service in 30-60 days.
Metcalfe’s unit #501 has been retired due to serious mechanical issues. The first ambulance will replace it. The second ambulance will replace #507 in Barren County. The next new ambulance is due in the spring of 2024.
Middleton introduced the new Manager of Clinical Services Nathan Heffron who has been working with BMEMS for approximately 6 years.
A short closed session resulted in no action being taken.
The first meeting of 2024 is scheduled for February 28, 2024, at 4 p.m. in Barren County.