“Many rural communities in Vermont and around the region rely on their local emergency medical responders, but there’s a dearth of qualified individuals and training opportunities,” according to the head of Rescue Inc.’s new Vermont EMS Academy.
“This is a manufactured crisis,” one cardiac-arrest survivor said of the ambulance change set for July 1. “I have a sense of foreboding that our elected officers have chosen to gamble with people’s lives.”
Brattleboro’s town manager is quitting, but the municipality is still scheduled to follow his call to pull out of the area’s private nonprofit Rescue Inc. after nearly 60 years.
Townspeople should have a chance to weigh in on Brattleboro’s decision to sever a 56-year relationship with Rescue Inc.
Regional and state leaders are voicing concern about the ramifications of the town’s surprise last-minute severing of ties with Windham County’s largest emergency medical services provider.
Municipal leaders, clashing with the town’s nearly 60-year nonprofit emergency medical service, want the local fire department to take over at a time when crisis responders are stretched statewide.