Company now serving Perry Port Salem EMS District in
5484 Ohio Route 49 South, Greenville, Ohio 45331
Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, serving Perry Port Salem EMS District
Contact: Brian K. Hathaway
President/CEO of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC
PORT JEFFERSON – Members of the Perry Port Salem Ambulance District Board have entered into a contract with Sprit Medical Transport, LLC, to provide EMS protection through the end of the year.
In early September, members of the board approached Spirit about providing mutual aid to the entire coverage area. The City of Sidney’s administration asked the board to become far less dependent upon their taxed staff to cover emergency medical calls in the Perry Port Salem District. Of the 194 calls in the district through mid-September, 111 had to be primarily handled by either Sidney Fire or Anna EMS.
Spirit began providing mutual aid to Perry Port Salem and the ambulance board subsequently awarded Spirit a contract in late September to be the primary agency on all 9-1-1 calls in Salem and Perry townships through the end of 2021.
As it stands now, whenever there is a call in the district, the Shelby County sheriff’s office is dropping tones for both Perry Port Salem and Spirit. This way, if any staff from the Perry Port squad are available, they can also respond. In turn, Spirit is sending its closest ambulance to any EMS calls in the area from either of its Shelby County stations.
“The day of being totally dependent on an all-volunteer staff to meet the needs of a community around the clock unfortunately have gone to the wayside,” explained Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, President/CEO Brian K Hathaway. “There is a big shift in many parts of the nation to volunteer organizations of the past moving to part-time and full-time paid departments to meet the evolving needs of communities. With fewer people becoming involved in healthcare at all levels, the need to adapt and overcome are ever prevalent, especially in these unprecedented times.”
In hopes of securing additional funding to address EMS staffing issues for the ambulance district, members of the ambulance board have a 2-mill additional levy on the November 2nd ballot.
Spirit is providing personnel to the Houston Rescue, Inc. who also suffered from similar staffing shortfalls in all of 2020. Since Spirit first began providing staffing to Houston Rescue in January of 2021, only on two occasions was mutual aid required.
“At the end of the day, it shouldn’t matter what the name says on the side of the ambulance when someone needs medical assistance. As dedicated professionals, the Spirit team is here in Shelby County to provide a service to the community and treat those we are blessed to serve like family,” Hathaway explained.
Spirit is a family owned and operated business with a footprint in Shelby County with a satellite station at Fair Haven for nearly ten years. For more information about Spirit Medical Transport LLC, and the services it offers, feel free to check them out at their website, on Face Book, or simply by calling them anytime at 1-866-548-2818.