Can an EMS station be located in Madison County’s Harrison district?
That’s what long-time Harrison resident Bob Fowler asked county commissioners July 28. Fowler said residents in the northern Madison County community face long waits for ambulances during an emergency.
“We’ve lost the hospital in Royston and we’re really in dire straits,” he said.
Residents in the Harrison district are up to 13 miles away from the nearest county EMS station. Commissioner John Pethel noted that it’s 13 miles from the EMS station on Hwy. 98 in Danielsville to the county line in Harrison.
The county has four EMS stations, one each in Hull, Comer, Danielsville and Ila. Madison County commissioners took no action on the matter Monday. But the group agreed that the issue deserves more study.
Fowler acknowledged that relocating an existing EMS station to the Harrison district would be a politically volatile proposal. But he said he’d like to see residents of the area have improved emergency services.
“There’s not a high volume of calls (in Harrison), but a majority of the calls are catastrophic,” he said, adding that he felt the intersection of Wildcat Bridge Road and Transco Road would be a good locale for a station.
Commission chairman Anthony Dove said the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) has a group that studies effective locales for EMS stations.
“They said they’d be willing to come by and look at it,” he said.
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