HARRISBURG – The Rural EMS Task Force, established by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at the McKean County EMA/911 Center conference room. The center is located at 17175 Route 6 in Smethport.
“I am very grateful to the people who have volunteered to serve on this task force and look forward to working with them to address some of the challenges facing our rural ambulance services,” Causer said. “The problems with finances, access to training and a lack of volunteers aren’t going to go away on their own, so it’s up to us to do what we can to keep EMS services operating in our communities.”
Causer said some progress has been made with passage of a new law requiring insurance companies to directly pay ambulance companies, rather than patients, for transport services.
“This new law is a significant step in the right direction, but there is more work to be done at both the state and local levels to support our emergency responders,” he said.
Causer believes the key to the success of the task force is to bring people from various backgrounds and perspectives together to share their ideas and solutions.
There is still room for additional people to serve on the task force, and they need not be a member of an ambulance company to contribute. Anyone who is interested in joining the task force should contact the Bradford office at 1-866-437-8181.