A shake up for Emergency Responders in Webster is underway. As of Tuesday the Webster Emergency Medical Services will now be the primary EMS care, taking over the top spot from the Union Hill volunteer Ambulance Corp, who feel betrayed by the town.
Union Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps feel stung after their recent demotion to number 2 in EMS priority for East Webster, but they say this move affects more than just them.
“The community is not well served by this move. Petty politics and personal agendas – they don’t help with the public critical emergency care,” said Reed Summers, UHVACS counsel.
Union Hill has been providing care to Ontario and East Webster for about 60 years, but with the new move only allowing the EMS service to get 5 percent or less than 200 emergency calls, they might have to end their services.
“We have a staff of 23, we have 2 ambulances that are fueled 24/7 and it is not possible for us to survive financially on 5 percent of the calls.”
The town of Webster has grown, which is why they wanted EMS as another emergency option. Ron Nesbitt, Webster Town Supervisor, says this was not an attack to get rid of Union Hill.
“But we are still in a sharing mood with Union Hill. We want them to be number 2 on the run card so they can take calls and stay in business,” said Nesbitt.
Union Hill released a statement saying it was mislead and was completely shocked by the announcement on Tuesday. Webster; however, says otherwise.
“We have been in talks with Union Hill since January of 2016. We notified them early on that we were looking to supplement ambulance services in the town of Webster.