UPDATE: Brunswick commissioners approve expansion of non-emergency medical transportation
Commissioners in Brunswick County will meet Tuesday night where they are expected to vote on expanding the county's non-emergency medical transportation service.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Commissioners in Brunswick County voted Tuesday night to expand the county's non-emergency medical transportation service plan.
The approved expansion includes a new ambulance and three part time paramedic employees. Taxpayers won't see an increase in fees, as the program pays for itself.
Commissioner Chairman, Phil Norris explained there is a great need for this service because of a lack of private contractors in Brunswick County.
According to Norris, the service was initially implemented in February 2012 in an attempt to fill a need in the county after a private contractor from Southport announced that it would no longer provide transportation service.
At the time, commissioners approved a plan for one unit to operate.
Additionally, the service also offers a training program for new paramedics.