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Sheriff's Office Still Waiting on Equipment to Upfit New Vehicles

Daniel Prince

Flood proposes policy that EMS only transport live patients; committee meeting to be set up

Also at that county council meeting, Sheriff Jeff Bailey also told council the personnel manual for the sheriff’s office is complete, and his office is in the process of becoming accredited, as he promised during his campaign. He stated there is an expense to that, and he is working to get a grant to cover that cost. He stated that the office is still waiting for new vehicles to get the equipment in for their upfit. He said he has three vehicles in the parking lot and four in Spartanburg that belong to the office but can’t be used until they get the equipment in to upfit them.

Council unanimously voted to approve a quit claim deed for an unopened street in the Carlisle area. The city will receive ownership of that property, which will be used as part of the Union/Carlisle Wastewater project.
Dr. John Flood asked council to consider making it policy that EMS only be responsible for transporting live patients, saying that the coroner’s office should be in charge of making arrangements for the transport of the deceased. Flood said that EMS vehicles currently have to remain on scene until the coroner’s office gets there, and sometimes they are told to transport the body to the morgue or the funeral home. EMS Director Eric Harold said it ties up resources that would be better used on those with emergencies. Supervisor Frank Hart suggested that the Public Health Committee of council set up a meeting with the coroner’s office and EMS and discuss the issue and come up with a plan to present to council later.

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