For almost 70 years, the residents of the Town of St. George have received ambulance services through the dedication of members of the St. George Volunteer Firefighters & Ambulance Association. This includes not only responding to calls, but also putting in many hours of training and fundraising.
Over the years, the number of ambulance calls grew from approximately 50 per year in 1960 to more than 250 calls received through 911 in 2021.
There were also 142 community paramedic visits conducted and 378 vaccinations provided. Additionally, our ambulance provides advanced life support and other mutual aid to surrounding communities.
When the decision was made to hire full time ambulance staff, partial funding was requested from town government for the first time. In the current year’s budget, $230,000 was appropriated for this purpose.
Demand for service continues to grow and with this in mind, the leadership of the volunteer group has been considering options on how to move forward.
From these discussions a proposal was formed to have the Town of St. George assume responsibility for the operation of the ambulance as a Town department. Town Meeting approval would be required for this change and the Select Board is considering including it in the Annual Meeting in May.
The Board will be holding a public meeting on this matter on December 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Department Meeting Room at 3 School Street in Tenants Harbor. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend and provide input.