Rescue Squads in Grainger County

Rescue Squads in Grainger County

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Since: Apr 09

Powell, TN

#1 Apr 28, 2009
you know if it wasn't for the rescue squads alot of people wouldn't be here and im here to say now that they aren't being called out is a crock of shit, but this county doesn't care.
useless

Morristown, TN

#2 Sep 20, 2009
The rescue squads in this county are useless.Ihave been in emergency services for 35 years and have neve seen a more clueless bunch of people than the rescue sqauds in this county.
MERT

Powell, TN

#3 Sep 20, 2009
How much training have they had?
rescuedude

United States

#4 Sep 20, 2009
all we can dont have a lot of funding
Wasburn Girl

Mount Juliet, TN

#5 Sep 21, 2009
MERT wrote:
How much training have they had?
wouldn't it be better to have the services bid out by other em services such as rural metro, I know this was discussed in previous meetings but nothing came of it. Maybe they should recheck this option out.
MERT

United States

#6 Sep 21, 2009
rescuedude wrote:
all we can dont have a lot of funding
In 1999 I suffered a stroke which could have been fatal
had it not been for the em's that night. I'm sure
there are different ones now; however I want to
say keep up the good work to those who are there now. This problem of no funding should be addressed
at town meetings, and something should be done.
hillbilly

United States

#7 Sep 25, 2009
No funding is the problem but what can you expect when we pay very little in taxes and you only have about 22000 people in the whole county. When we do not have a state income tax and no personal property tax on cars and low property taxes then you cannot expect to have much in the way of services. They will burn you at the stake if you even mention income tax. I guess if you want medical care you need to move. But its beautiful there and safe so you can't have everything.
Mert

Powell, TN

#8 Nov 15, 2009
On October 31 I was in trouble medically. My husband called for ambulance service, and they were very prompt. I wish to thank the gal named Wanda and her trainee I think his name was Thomas.
She was so kind and gave me the best medical attention that was needed. "Wanda if you are reading this...Thank you from the bottom of my heart...it's people like you that deserves to be regonized". Keep up the good work, and you to Thomas.
lol

United States

#9 Dec 10, 2009
if you think rural metro will give you better service you are very wrong... And Grainger EMS employees have the same training as they do it is required by the state everyone is the same. But for some reason everyone confuses EMS and rescue squads they are two different things....
Wasburn Girl wrote:
<quoted text> wouldn't it be better to have the services bid out by other em services such as rural metro, I know this was discussed in previous meetings but nothing came of it. Maybe they should recheck this option out.
lol

United States

#10 Dec 10, 2009
Also if rural metro comes in they are going to bill the county and then collect all the revenue that ems puts back in the county so its a double loss...
Wasburn Girl wrote:
<quoted text> wouldn't it be better to have the services bid out by other em services such as rural metro, I know this was discussed in previous meetings but nothing came of it. Maybe they should recheck this option out.
graingergranny

Morristown, TN

#11 Dec 10, 2009
the only problem here is the topic went from rescue to ems.....2 totally different departments
graingergranny

Morristown, TN

#12 Dec 10, 2009
the two rescue squads in this county are the best they can be with the funding they receive. economy wise citizens cant help, the county cant help, the state wont help and the members put money out of their own pockets to keep it open. if u want better help out some way
Jimem

United States

#13 Dec 11, 2009
lol wrote:
if you think rural metro will give you better service you are very wrong... And Grainger EMS employees have the same training as they do it is required by the state everyone is the same. But for some reason everyone confuses EMS and rescue squads they are two different things.... <quoted text>
Yes they have the same training, But Rural Metro could do it MUCH cheaper, saving the county money... Which then could be given to the Rescue Squads.
graingermedic

Powell, TN

#14 Dec 18, 2009
Some things need to be cleared up here. There are two seperate services. EMS and the Rescue squad. The rescue squad is volunteer and relies on donations. EMS is county funded. EMS collects money from insurance and billing. EMS comes close to collecting the money that is given to them by the county, which means that it really doesnt cost the county that much to run EMS. IF Rural Metro comes in they would want 600,000 dollars and all the money they bill for so it would actually cost more for Rural Metro to come into this county.
Grainger County Resident

Rutledge, TN

#15 Dec 18, 2009
Grainger County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Grainger County Rescue Squads are totally separate agencies.
Grainger County EMS is a county paid,college trained/licensed agency that provides emergency medical service and ambulance transport for Grainger County residents.
The Rescue Squads in Grainger County are volunteer organizations that perform vehicle extracation, search and rescue among other valuable services.
Let's separate the comments about these two agencies. Both provide much needed emergency response services.
QTPie

Morristown, TN

#16 Jan 3, 2010
Wasburn Girl wrote:
<quoted text> wouldn't it be better to have the services bid out by other em services such as rural metro, I know this was discussed in previous meetings but nothing came of it. Maybe they should recheck this option out.
FYI WASHBURN GIRL:
We are talking about the 2 RESCUE SQUADS, NOT Grainger County EMS. The 2 RESCUE SQUADS (BEAN STATION RS and GRAINGER RS) are volunteer organizations funded by donations. These are non-profit. They are trained multiple forms of rescue operations: Basic First Aid, CPR, Extrication, Search and Rescue, Water Rescue, etc.) Grainger EMS is for-profit. There are 4 manned stations in the county (Bean Station, Rutledge, Blaine, and Washburn) Each are staffed with 1 EMT and 1 Paramedic. These are the EMTs and Paramedics that serve the county for about 20 cents more than minimum wage. Grainger County EMS Employees are among the least paid Emergency Services in TN and are the MOST unappreciated people in all of Grainger County, but those men and women continue to serve the county to the best of their ability.
And though everyone believes hiring out the EMS to a company such as Rural Metro would be a good idea, Rural Metro wouldn't do it. And if someone did decide to, the chances of them keeping a truck in each city is slim to none. In all honesty, they would probably cut all stations but Rutledge, which would cause an even bigger delay in the time it takes an ambulance to arrive at someone's emergency.
Now back to the Rescue Squad issue:
If the rescue squads (and the volunteer fire departments, as well) had better funding and access to more training, they would not be a dying breed. But without proper training, no department is worth keeping. This county needs to FULLY stand behind ALL the volunteer departments in this county. It is in the best interest of the county,
fghsejkw

Powell, TN

#17 Feb 8, 2010
my cousin wouldn't be dead if they weren't all fat ass's.
go on

United States

#18 Feb 8, 2010
i think half the dead beats need to go get a job besides drawing a check and wasting county gas.
Mert

Knoxville, TN

#19 Feb 8, 2010
You people are down right mean! I bet if you were sick you would be the first to call for help! Shame on you and your nasty comment!!!!!!!!
Love it

Powell, TN

#20 Feb 8, 2010
It's soooo obvious that jghsejkw and go on, are the same person. Both have Powell isp and always commenting shortly after the other. Stick with one name and stop talking to yourself, Please.

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