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Bus Bound for Albany: First Responders Will Travel to Capital to Push for Mercy EMS Service to be Allowed Countywide in Face of Pushback by Competitors

Author: Anonym/Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Categories: General

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LOCKPORT—Faced with potential administrative challenges to a Certificate of Need for Mercy EMS, a group of county legislators and policymakers, as well as representatives from volunteer fire and emergency medical service companies from across the county will be departing for Albany at 3 a.m. next Wednesday to address state officials at the State Emergency Medical Services Council to ensure that county residents have access to emergency medical service.

That lobbying effort—and a push for volunteers willing to make the all-night trip—will be announced during a 6 p.m. news conference at the County Courthouse.

The last-minute lobbying effort in support of the volunteer companies comes as one of Mercy EMS’s competitors has taken steps to block final issuance of the Certificate of Need by the state.

“This effort is being undertaken to ensure our county’s residents—even in the most rural towns—have access to the emergency medical services they expect and deserve,” said the chairman of the Legislature’s Community Safety Committee, David Godfrey, R-Wilson.

The bus trip—which will take as many as 56 county first-responders to Albany—will be announced at today’s 6 p.m. news conference.

WHO:  Community Safety Committee Chairman David Godfrey, R-Wilson, Emergency Services Coordinator Jonathan Schultz, other lawmakers and dignitaries, and representatives of nearly every fire company in Niagara County.

WHAT:  Announcing all-night bus trip to Albany to lobby for countywide ambulance service that will depart Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 3 a.m.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.                                        

WHERE:  Niagara County Courthouse, 175 Hawley Street, Lockport.


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