Cadiz EMS struggles with fewer volunteers

CADIZ – A shortage of volunteers has meant the Cadiz EMS service has been unable to respond to local calls, and that issue was updated during Wednesday’s Harrison County Commission meeting.

Doug Crabtree, president of Harrison County’s EMS Association, updated the board on finding a solution.

The county supplies EMS vehicles and equipment to each of the 10 qualifying fire departments, but the problem is not equipment, but rather the lack of volunteers.

New Athens EMS has been covering Cadiz, as well as Harrison Community Hospital’s paid service, which has also been handling the calls.

“It takes a lot of time and money to get certified, but we have classes starting in November,” Crabtree stated. “It takes 139 hours for your basic EMT certification, and we have four (people) from New Athens, four from Harrisville, two from Deersville, three from Tappan, four from Unionvale and one from Hopedale beginning classes in a few weeks.”

He added four volunteers from Cadiz and six from Hopedale would begin their 40-hour certification classes for first responders certification on Nov. 6.

Cadiz and Hopedale EMS services are unable to respond currently because there are no EMTS Crabtree added, “If an EMT is on scene, then a firefighter can drive the squad to a call, but in order to transport we need one EMT and one first responder.”

“Unfortunately we could not predict this shortage and it takes time to train replacements, but we continue working toward a solution,” Crabtree said. He also notified the board that the monthly Firefighters Association meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at the firehouse in Cadiz. The next county EMS meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Piedmont.

Crabtree also brought two road-use management agreements before the board in his capacity as business service officer for the engineer’s office. The commissioners approved an agreement with American Energy LLC for .35 miles of county Road 60 in Nottingham Township to access the Jones location. The commissioners explained they had discussed the agreement with Ryan Dean of American Energy last week and would pass the resolution pending approval by the prosecutor’s office.

A second road-use management agreement from American Energy was tabled at Dean’s request.

A second agreement with Hess Ohio Development LLC for use of Dennison Avenue, county Road 11 between the village limits and U.S. Route 250 was tabled for further review.

Commissioners also approved an annual application renewal with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources allowing the county to utilize brine water from local wells to treat aggregate.

“This allows our department to apply brine to our stock piles of ashes,” Crabtree said, adding, “which also saves the county on salt money for the roads.”

The board also authorized the engineer to act as the county representative for the application process for grants to fund the construction of the access road to the Utica East Ohio Midstream Harrison hub facility on state Route 151, just northwest of Scio. Crabtree reported the funds from the grant would offset costs to pave the road, which has not yet been officially designated as a public road.

In other business;

Commissioners approved a request from Leslie Milliken, clerk of courts, to appropriate additional funds into the BMV title account.

“This is not a request for additional money,” Milliken said. “The appropriation is just a transfer making the money we already have available to spend.”

Commissioners went into executive session with Scott Blackburn, director of the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services, to discuss pending litigation, with no action taken.