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Concerns raised about Marshall County EMS staffing

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Marshall County EMS is looking to neighboring Johnston County for advice. (KTEN) Marshall County EMS is looking to neighboring Johnston County for advice. (KTEN)
The Marshall County EMS board meeting on January 2, 2020. (KTEN) The Marshall County EMS board meeting on January 2, 2020. (KTEN)

MADILL, Okla. -- Madill residents say they're concerned after the EMS director from neighboring Johnston County paid a visit to a Marshall County EMS board meeting in early December.

The main point of the meeting was for Power to explain why it would be cost-beneficial for both counties to work together. But some residents don't agree with some of the rules Johnston County has in place.

"People here from what I've gathered seem to be upset because they're afraid that he's going to bring that business model to Marshall County," said Marshall County EMS interim director Dash Stanley.

Johnston County EMS doesn't require a paramedic on ambulance runs at all times. Paramedics are the only ones able to administer pain medications.

"We strive for many years to make sure we have a paramedic on every run," said Madill resident Nancy Carter. 

Residents are concerned that Marshall County could adopt a policy similar to Johnston County's if the two services join forces.

"I cited the wreck over in Johnston County where the woman was in crucial pain for two hours because it was a basic from Johnston County that made that run," Carter said. "They could push no drugs; that woman was in pain for two hours busted up terribly bad. I don't want that to happen in Marshall County."

Concerns were raised at the Marshall County EMS  board meeting on Thursday, but no vote was taken.

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