New Market ambulances back on the road

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

NEW MARKET — The New Market Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company is getting closer to retrieving the emergency medical services agency license it lost last year, according to Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Yew.

Yew told the town’s Public Safety Committee on March 7 that the station has put its three ambulances back to use.

“It was a consensus of the county and volunteers,” he said.

Volunteers had been using county ambulances since August, when the station surrendered its EMS license to the state health department’s Office of Emergency Medical Services.

New Market’s ambulances will operate under the county’s license. Yew said the county ambulances have been reassigned to other stations.

Calls to the station weren’t returned this week. Yew said the ambulance agreement marks the station “inching toward” getting its license back.

In August, the OEMS accused the station of not submitting information on its 911 calls since December 2014, a charge then-chief Robbie Smith denied.

The OEMS threatened to revoke the station’s license, but the station surrendered it first.

Yew said in February that all 911 data from the last year, including records on patient care, have been filed with the state.

Town Council voted to replace Smith with Yew on Dec. 21. The county fire and rescue department also pulled 14 staff members from the New Market station that day due to disagreements between them and volunteers.

The county staff returned to the station ahead of Winter Storm Jonas on Jan. 22.

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