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EMS response times, billing need oversight

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I am curious as to who oversees the efficiency of the EMS service in Wilson. Is this a contract service for the city? My concern stems from two incidents:

• 1. Last weekend during a soccer-related event at Barton College, a high school student suffered a significant compound fracture. EMS was summoned, and 25 minutes later arrived. This could not have been more than a 4-mile trip.

• 2. A few years ago I was transported to the emergency room from Gillette Athletic Complex, suffering from heat exhaustion / unconscious. My bill for EMS transport was more than the total cost of my entire emergency room stay.

Obviously issue one is much more significant, but issue two is of interest too. I believe these issues should be explored by whomever oversees EMS services in Wilson. I hope they are not indicative of the service.

Steve Fulks

Wilson

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