Voters in Wayne County will decide next month whether to create a new countywide ambulance service. A $1.6 million excess levy will be on the ballot Nov. 6. Proponents of the levy say it'll cut down on response times.
Tuesday evening at a town hall meeting at the Prichard Volunteer Fire Department, project manager BJ Willis made his case for why people should vote in favor of the levy.
"The average response time in rural America for an ambulance is 14 minutes," Willis said. "Right now in Wayne County, it's 27 minutes, so we don't meet the national standard. We can meet it under this new standard." Willis told the crowd under the current plan, all current EMS stations would remain in their current location, and they'd add three new EMS stations in East Lynn, Fort Gay and Crum.