Compass Lake in the Hills Seeks County to Help Fund EMS Services

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

Alford- Compass Lake in the Hills property association invested $15000 of the board's money into a six month pilot program that provided on-site EMS services, four hours a day, seven days a week.

Association Manger, John Laymon said he kept track on all of the calls, then submitted a report to the county.

"We'll see about supporting it the second half- you bring us back the report," Laymon said, recalling his conversation with Jackson County Commissioners. "Well, that's exactly what we did. Last week, we found out that more than half of the calls we made were outside our corporate limits."

Because of the community's remote location, Laymon told us during the six month pilot program, the on-site EMS worker actually saved several lives.

"We're about 22 miles from [Jackson] hospital, first of all. Sometimes, we've had to wait more than 20 minutes. If the Alford ambulance is not [at the station] then the ambulance would have to come from some place else, or the responder would have to come from as far as Grand Ridge or Marianna."

Laymon and his board asked the county to pay for half of the cost of permanently posting EMS at Compass Lake in the Hills.

"Seems to me like the county ought to pick up that difference. $15000 in one year in any one budget- a multi-millionaire dollar budget- I doubt if it would make up one tenth of one percent" he said.

Laymon said he was working with Jackson County Commissioner Jeremy Branch to try to make the project happen.

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