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Mohawk to take emergency calls in Rotterdam

REMS contract ends Monday; future looks grim

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Dispatchers will send Mohawk Ambulance crews to emergency calls starting Monday after Rotterdam Police Chief James Hamilton decided the town’s paramedic service could no longer be adequately staffed. Mohawk, a for-profit company based in Schenectady, has promised to station two ambulances with paramedics at the Rotterdam Senior Center until January, when a new ambulance contract can be awarded. The move means ambulances from Rotterdam Emergency Services Inc. — the nonprofit company that has served the ...

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cfield
November 16, 2013
2:07 a.m.

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REMS is a functioning ALS agency currently and there is a paramedic assigned 24/7. Buffardi and Calder won't answer calls from REMS management to know that. The town also made the medic program fail. They set the minimum paramedics on duty to one and the countless shifts gone uncorked are false. Those shifts are the second medic they don't require. The puppet Police chief and deputy puppet chief were told numerous times that the 2 full time medics and 11 part time medics could not continue to full the schedule. Ni second medic was ever scheduled from 1am-6am and Amazingly enough one of the chiefs buddy's needs a paramedic and ambulance and they are tied up on another call and MAS has no ambulances available its an issue and the system he set the guidelines for is failing. Now all the paramedics are gone and the chief, dep chief, or newly promoted sgt who was the paramedic supervisor didn't even have the professionalism to contact the medics to tell them or talk to anyone in person. They forced a lieutenant to do it instead. The town administration is a true disgrace and are all corrupt. I'm sure when they need an ambulance and have to wait for 20,30,40 minutes for Mohawk to finish a transport to a nursing home they will see that they have failed the town. Not the town medics and REMS. Call these officials and let them know your feelings. Ooh by the way your taxes won't be going down with the loss of medics. The MAS employees don't even want the added call volume they know they are overworked already and can't handle what they have now. MAS has 10 sets of ALS gear for the whole company and they promise 2 paramedic ambulances will be staffed at the town owned senior citizen center so tell me what other municipality will suffer.

cfield
November 16, 2013
10:21 a.m.

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Go worrie abut Scotia! D.H.

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