Greene County government may take over its rescue squad. Both the county administrator and a supervisor in Greene confirm the county is in negotiations with Greene County Rescue for a potential takeover, but neither would talk about the specifics of what a takeover could entail.
Supervisor David Cox met with the rescue squad membership over the weekend to talk about that possibility. County Administrator John Barkley says it's prompted by rescue squad operational issues.
The squad has relied heavily on paid medics in recent years to supplement what volunteers can't cover. The county funds a majority of the rescue squad's budget already but what's unclear is what the takeover would mean for emergency medical services in Greene.
Cox says they are still in early negotiations, and a timeline for a deal has not been provided.
The Green County Rescue Squad responded to inquiries about the potential takeover with the following statement Wednesday:
The Greene County Rescue Squad's Board of Directors and Operational Officers have had several conversations with the Greene County Board of Supervisors regarding the provision of emergency medical services. The volunteers of the Greene County Rescue Squad will continue to work with the County to ensure that the needs of the county's residents are served.