Calloway Co. settles on extrication ‘understanding’

The Calloway County Fiscal Court agreed Tuesday night on the foundation for who’s the lead in a life-saving procedure in the county. 

This comes on the heels of Murray Mayor Jack Rose’s announcement the city would no longer continue to provide extrication services in the county. Extrication is sometimes needed when people are trapped in cars following crashes.

The agreement would be for Murray Calloway County Hospital Ambulance Service to act as the primary department for extrication calls in the county. The city and county fire departments would then act as support for the calls. It’s an agreement that still requires approval from the city, but it’s one the county decided to stand behind.

Calloway County Judge Larry Elkins said when the issue of people’s safety in the county is at risk, it’s an issue that needs quick resolution. Elkins said at the meeting, “What we’ve had for the last 40 years has been working fine, but that wasn’t going to continue. So, if anything, the solution we’re proposing will be as good or better.”

Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call says per state statue, extrication generally falls on the ambulance service. He says many of the ambulance service workers are firemen but, as the agreement is still in flux in Calloway County, it’s subject to change. Call says it’s a good starting foundation.

Calloway County Fire Rescue Chief Tommy Morgan says the extrication responsibilities will be new for his 98-person crew, but their main concern isn’t if they’re up for the challenge but a challenge to secure training and equipment. Morgan says it’s going to take a little more of the volunteers’ time, but it’ll be both an adjustment for those in the county and the city. 

“I know a lot of people in the community likes how it was,but overtime I think we can gain their trust,” Morgan says.

The Murray City Council did met last week, and members agreed on a portion of the agreement but tabled another portion. Council members disagreed on where the city’s rescue extrication truck , R1 should go. It’s currently operated by the city fire department. The city still has yet to officially sign on the agreement.

As for the hospital ambulance agreement, the hospital says they’re waiting on both the city and county to come to an agreement.

Rose said the city would stop providing extrication to the county July 15, but said that date would be flexible if they didn’t agree on a plan.

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