Grainger County Ambulance Service
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Paula

Morristown, TN

#42 Jun 26, 2010
I'm very thankful for our EMS workers.My family has had to call on them several times for help and they were quick to respond and did all they could to help us.For all of those sad people who like to act like they know what they're talking about, when you're dumb butt needs the EMS and they save you're life,maybe you will learn to be thankful that they are willing to give up their time with their family to help your sorry butt!!I would not care if they came to my aid in cut off shorts and flipflops,as long as they were there to help me. And I am truely sorry for some of you because they can't fix stupid!!! And yes ,you know who you are !!
Paul Merritt

Beaverton, OR

#43 Jun 27, 2010
Gayle Bruce- EMT- GCEMS wrote:
Like Terry, I also work for Grainger EMS. I have been asked to come work in other counties, but Grainger County people are MY people. Grainger County is MY home. I don't want to work for other people in other counties, I want to work for MY people. We may not always have pressed shirts or EMS pants and our boots may not always be shined up but we love our job and the people we work for. We don't have the equipment we need, but we'll always work hard with what we have to give you first rate care. I have worked at the Rutledge and Bean Station stations and now I work at the Washburn station. When the people in Washburn call for an ambulance, they don't kid around. They need an ambulance. Washburn people are great folks to work for. I love them dearly, as I do the other areas. No, we're not perfect, we're human, and I apologize if sometimes we look tired or unkempt but we will do our best to make sure you get the care you need and you will never know how tired we really are, because we will treat you with respect, compassion, and love because that's how we want our families treated if they ever need an ambulance. That's our calling. No we don't work in a controlled environment like the hospitals staff, our job is much harder. When we go to work we have to get down in mud, sewage, snow, ice, whatever the scene is that's what we deal with. Staying clean is harder out in the field than the ER. We go into a home with nothing to protect ourselves. Law enforcement has guns and batons. We go in thinking we have a patient having chest pains only to find out it's a domestic dispute and one of them has a gun! We never know from one call to the next what we'll face when we get there, but we go anyway. One of our crews saved my life in Feb. 2009 when I had a heart attack. They are and always will be my HEROS! Grainger EMS, I am so proud and thankful God blessed me with the ability and knowledge to work WITH you FOR the people of Grainger County. May God bless you all with great health.
I rarely comment on anything on topix, but feel compelled to say THANK YOU for all you wonderful guys and gals of Grainger County EMS. During the course of my father and mothers final 3 years of life from 2006 - 2009, I had the occasion to use Grainger EMS numerous times. Not once did I ever see an employee unkempt or unprofessional and almost always it was a different crew. What I did see was group of wonderful caring individuals providing a great service to the people of Grainger County who always treated my father and mother with utmost respect. When it was time for my parents to return home from the hospital it generally had to be by ambulance and I insisted that Grainger EMS be called for the return trip. Again, thank you for the service you provided to my parents and for the countless other Grainger County citizens. Please hold your heads high and know that there of many of us that appreciate your service to our county.
Concerned Citizen

Maynardville, TN

#44 Jun 29, 2010
MR. Merritt has the ambulance service not improved 100% since you and former director Collins left? They have much better equipment and new ambulances and better training. It is my understanding that the current mayor is totally supportive of the service. Why change when they hve done better than ever before?
rainbolt emt-p

Waterloo, Canada

#45 Jun 29, 2010
Let me begin this by saying I have nothing but respect for David Yankee and all the people who work for GCEMS. I worked in Grainger EMS for several years so I am speaking from first hand experience. Mary Collins loves that county and that service. She did the absolute best she could with the budget she was given and many times purchased supplies for the stations out of her own pocket. Any time you are in a position like director where you have a handful of county commissioners that all think their district is the most important its got to be a tough job. Mary was the best boss I ever had and a good friend. I think its offensive that someone with no clue about how that service was ran wants to try to blame her for shortcomings that weren't hers.
blondie

Murfreesboro, TN

#46 Jun 30, 2010
I wish people would know what they are talking about before they open their mouth, the people who work @ Grainger Co EMS work 2 & 3 jobs to make ends meet & to keep those ends tied. No they don't have to stay awake the whole 24hrs, they can & do take naps. As for the cost for them to take you to the hospital, if you don't have insurance you can set up payments & if you do have insurance just pay the remaining balance if there is any. And who ever made the sleeping around comment, I guess maybe some of them do. Most of them are friends & have known each other for a very long time & some a have pretty good sense humor & they act a little crazy when they see each other & make some statements that could be misinterpreted by most people in passing. So my point is find something else to complain about, they do the best they can with what they have & are a great bunch of people for the most part.
OMG

White Pine, TN

#47 Jul 1, 2010
Paul Merritt wrote:
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I rarely comment on anything on topix, but feel compelled to say THANK YOU for all you wonderful guys and gals of Grainger County EMS. During the course of my father and mothers final 3 years of life from 2006 - 2009, I had the occasion to use Grainger EMS numerous times. Not once did I ever see an employee unkempt or unprofessional and almost always it was a different crew. What I did see was group of wonderful caring individuals providing a great service to the people of Grainger County who always treated my father and mother with utmost respect. When it was time for my parents to return home from the hospital it generally had to be by ambulance and I insisted that Grainger EMS be called for the return trip. Again, thank you for the service you provided to my parents and for the countless other Grainger County citizens. Please hold your heads high and know that there of many of us that appreciate your service to our county.

Are you serious? Suck ass just lost our family thought you were more than just a politican!
Haha

Morristown, TN

#48 Jul 9, 2010
I had to take a ride in an ambulance once.. Never wana do t again...an I was only 14 years old. Not cause they were rude or slow or anything, just cause it's scary.. It was grainger county that hauled me from new Corinth rd to jeff memorial they were nice talked to me the whole way, buy after I got my bill I bout blew a head gascet it was almost 1000$
HUH

Morristown, TN

#49 Jul 10, 2010
OMG wrote:
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Are you serious? Suck ass just lost our family thought you were more than just a politican!
How on earth did u come up with this comment based on a man thanking the service for being kind and respectful to his aged parents?
HUH

Morristown, TN

#50 Jul 10, 2010
Haha wrote:
I had to take a ride in an ambulance once.. Never wana do t again...an I was only 14 years old. Not cause they were rude or slow or anything, just cause it's scary.. It was grainger county that hauled me from new Corinth rd to jeff memorial they were nice talked to me the whole way, buy after I got my bill I bout blew a head gascet it was almost 1000$
It costs money to run the ambulance and give you good care. Medicare sets the cost! Thank them!
Info

Toledo, OH

#51 Jul 25, 2010
Don't know about EMS but I found out the hard way that the fire dept does an excellent job.
peacemaker806

Sevierville, TN

#52 Jul 26, 2010
go stainie
YES

Knoxville, TN

#53 Nov 9, 2012
I just had a family member a couple of weeks ago transported by Grainger County Britanny and David. They looked and acted more professional than anyone that I have ever encountered. I have used EMS too many times in life in different states.

They took my father due to a fatal cardiac event. My father said he enjoyed the ride with David and he spoke on things my father liked while doing life saving procedures.

Britanny and David in Blaine are amazing. I would hope to think all Grainger County Staff are like them.
Thankful

Beaverton, OR

#54 Nov 9, 2012
I am thankful that I have never had to use EMS while living in Grainger County. However, I can tell you that if I did have to, I would never judge any worker by their hair, wrinkled shirt, or anything for that matter. I would only hope that they knew their craft and would save my life or someone's life that I loved. I have such respect for these workers and know that they would do their best. I'm sure their job is tough but also rewarding. I know several of the EMS workers and they are great, hard working people. I say thank you for all that you guys/gals do...keep up the great work and don't let any of the negative comments get you down.
Queen

United States

#55 Nov 10, 2012
The Queen has used the Grainge CountyAmbulance Service only once, and they were emarkbly considerate and caring. don't remember the name of the young man, but the lady was Sharron (now) McDaniel. We are still friends, and it all started by her giving me great and good care when I was ill. I have been a nurse for 41 years, and I well know what an ambulance service should be, and what their goals are.
Mary Sue Collins brougnt the Ambulance Service out of the dark ages to what it is today, and I'm proud of the work they do.
No agency, public or private, is totally without the occasional error, but to have such a good ambulance service in such a cash-strapped county is a true mark of the dedication and care the workers have for this community and our people.
I applaud their dedication and caring service.
I hope that the negative comments have not caused the workers there to have hurt feelings.

volfire

Chattanooga, TN

#56 Nov 13, 2012
They do not have a Brittanny. I believe you are meaning Brendalyn.:) Thank-you for your nice comments. I am very proud to work with some great people from time to time!
YES wrote:
I just had a family member a couple of weeks ago transported by Grainger County Britanny and David. They looked and acted more professional than anyone that I have ever encountered. I have used EMS too many times in life in different states.
They took my father due to a fatal cardiac event. My father said he enjoyed the ride with David and he spoke on things my father liked while doing life saving procedures.
Britanny and David in Blaine are amazing. I would hope to think all Grainger County Staff are like them.

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