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Fire Department Puts Paramedics On-Duty

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 09:44 PM EST

Paramedics will now be staffing the ambulance running out of the Riceville Volunteer Fire Department.

Effective Wednesday, the department is certified to staff the ambulance to provide a higher level of care, and able to equip it with more tools and medicines to aid in serious emergencies.

Until now, the department had paramedics on staff but wasn't licensed to run a paramedic-staffed ambulance. But Chief Thad Lewis says he's worked towards the upgrade for the last year, with the help of the Buncombe County EMS Director and local leaders.

The ambulance will operate with paramedics onboard during the day, Lewis says it'll help to improve paramedic response times locally.

 

Fire Department Puts Paramedics On-Duty


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