Ambulance District thanks community for passing tax

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tate Joeckel, son of Curtis and Lindsey Joeckel of Exeter, enjoys getting to walk through the inside of an ambulance during the Barry County Ambulance District's annual BBQ to celebrate National EMS Appreciation week. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Tate Joeckel, son of Curtis and Lindsey Joeckel of Exeter, enjoys getting to walk through the inside of an ambulance during the Barry County Ambulance District's annual BBQ to celebrate National EMS Appreciation week.

Ricky Savage, left, regional manager for CoxHealth, Jason Nape, middle, western regional field supervisor for CoxHealth and Mike Dawson, emergency medical services (EMS) operations manager for CoxHealth refill the BBQ pit at the annual Barry County Ambulance District BBQ party after cooking a round of hot dogs and hamburgers. Staff were celebrating National EMS Appreciation week, and Savage said the reason for the party this year was to thank the community for the passing of the sales tax levy in April. Savage said CoxHealth contracts with Barry County Ambulance District to provide services and the district provides equipment. With the passing of the levy, increased funds will be available to purchase advanced medical equipment, newer, better ambulances and increase emergency staff. A new station may also be added in the county. Savage said how these changes will increase response times and provide more advanced medical equipment to respond to emergencies. Previous to the passing of the levy, the district had 16 full-time employees, after, there will be 22 employees. Julia Kilmer reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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