The Lake Gaston Association has released a report of its comprehensive five-county EMS/E-911 review conducted by the Public Safety Committee throughout last year. Since it is a 16-page report, the following is provided as a quick summary of “what you should know.”
- While each county’s EMS and E-911 organizations are performing adequately in their counties, enhancements are possible that would benefit the citizens.
- Average response times among the five counties vary as follows: (Warren – 21; Halifax for Warren (WCRS) – 10; Brunswick – 10; Halifax – 8; Northampton – 8; Mecklenburg – 6).
- That portion of Warren County adjacent to Lake Gaston (approximately ¼ of the county) is serviced by Warren County Rescue Squad (WCRS) under contract to Halifax EMS and paid annually by Warren County on a call volume basis.
- In Brunswick County, each agency is responsible for itself and no county employee formally oversees EMS.
Volunteers are always needed to become responders; however, there are other duties that can be accomplished by non-technical volunteers such as administrative support. You can help.
The full report was forwarded to the Chairs of each of the five-county Boards of Commissioners/Supervisors in early February. To read the cover letter/executive summary click here. The report will also be a topic of discussion with county officials at the LGA’s upcoming Five-County Forum on March 15. The Forum will be held at the Lake Gaston Lions Club Den from 9 a.m. to noon. The Forum is open to the public. To read the full EMS/E-911 Review report, click here.
For more information regarding current projects or committee meetings, please contact the Safety Committee using the email address above.