Commissioner Eric Hinson, county administrator Robert Presnell, Midway city manager Dot Inman-Johnson, former Gretna mayor Clarence Jackson, school board member Audrey Lewis, former Gadsden commissioner and Midway mayor Eugene Lamb, Midway mayor pro tem Delores Madison, EMS director Tommy Baker, Interim police chief Jerome Turner, fire chief Tom Murray and deputy fire chief Pridemore, and others gathered at the Midway Firestation #1 Monday to officially open the county’s newest venture, a complete EMS team and unit to be located at the site.
EMS director Tommy Baker gave a brief overview of the expanded coverage that the county would now be receiving. “Two EMS employees will be serving with the Midway ambulance over a 24/7 period of time of coverage for the areas from near Quincy to adjacent to Havana, through Midway and including I-10. This brings us up to six in EMS ‘zone’ stations. The crews shift depending on needs all day long. We’re working with a new System Status Management program that allows us to predict and manage the system based on traffic patterns,” said Baker.
“I hear from people in the county that Midway needs to serve our growing community. This is a central location for the entire city,” said Hinson, who made the motion at the October 1 county commission meeting which gave approval for Midway to get the station. Hinson said he and Eugene Lamb worked tirelessly together to assure approval.
“Our response time has been great. Thanks to everyone who let the commission know how important this is,” Hinson said.
“Thanks to the commission for bringing this here. We have great appreciation for EMS. This will help save lives,” said Delores Madison.
Former commissioner Eugene Lamb said the EMS for Midway area was one of his final projects before retiring off the board. “There needed to be one at Midway for quicker service in this area,” said Lamb.
EMS director Tommy Baker said the geographic distribution for the first month of service in January 2013 showed an average of 750 calls a month in the Havana outer town limits throughout Midway and across to the Quincy city limits. “Prior to this there were many times we literally had no ambulances available,” he said.
Dot Inman-Johnson said that Midway’s excellent public safety team is working closely with EMS. “I’m so proud of this partnership. We just can’t save lives without EMS being involved. I’ve learned so much through the planning involved,” said Inman-Johnson.