By Ken Folette

Prospecttowndeputy@fairpoint.net

567-3661

Ambulance services are usually not at the forefront of most people’s minds, but anyone who has ever been in an accident or needed emergency services understands the value of having a good response team in the community. Since the Town of Prospect does not have its own ambulance, Stockton Springs Ambulance Service is that team. They are the team that will show up and offer aid on what may be the worst day of someone’s life.

Unfortunately, emergency services in Prospect, Stockton Springs, and all of Waldo County are struggling to remain an asset to their community. It takes a lot to ensure trained medical teams are at the ready to provide care 24 hours a day. The biggest factor in procuring and retaining emergency providers is funding.

Many people who enter the emergency medicine field have a strong sense of community and usually are looking to contribute to the greater good. Emergency workers don’t hesitate to get up at 2 a.m. to help others in need. However, because base pay and hourly wages are so limited in this field, many of the volunteers for Stockton Springs work in other towns. If they are called to an emergency in Stockton Springs or Prospect, their response time is much longer.

To keep the Stockton Springs Ambulance a vital community fixture for both its own town and the town of Prospect, a new “shift pay” warrant was adopted. This new agreement allows each worker to earn $5 an hour to be available during a shift and regular pay during calls at the individual’s pay level.

This is a great step in the right direction for improving the ambulance service in our community. Aside from filling the on-call roster, it should also increase local interest in joining the ambulance team, which will also strengthen the abilities and reach of the ambulance services.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a driver or EMT, please let them know.

Reminders

Town Office hours: Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 1: Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. in the Town Office.

Fire Department meeting is the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Fire Station. All are welcome.