Stone County Board of Supervisors agreed to consider adding more ambulances to service the community at the meeting Monday morning on July 20.
The County currently has two ambulances available during the day and one at night.
911 Director Dottie Daniels said there has not been enough service for nighttime emergencies.
“We need to do something about the nighttime ambulance,” Daniels said. “We’re supposed to have at least one up here and it’s getting horrible. There’ve been some really bad calls and there hasn't been one available.”
Daniels said there have been instances where ambulances were not available or already on a call when they were needed.
“Our area has not been covered like it should be,” Daniels said.
She also said some residents were left waiting for an ambulance.
“We’re really going to have to do something,” Daniels said.
District 5 Supervisor Nathan Bond said one of his family members waited more than four hours just to get transferred to a hospital on the coast.
Board President Lance Pearson said the county does not pay for ambulance services. To get another ambulance service or adding more ambulances on call will cost.
Pearson told Daniels to see what options the county has and the board will consider them.
In the upcoming weeks, the board will hold budgeting workshops to plan out the next fiscal year.
The schedule has not been set yet for working on the budget, but a schedule will be announced soon. The workshops are open to the public.
The board is also in the process of considering health insurance policies for the following fiscal year.
Insurance representatives from American Fidelity Insurance, BXS Insurance and Lockard and Williams all presented their respective proposals for the county.
The board also:
• Approved the purchase of one 2004 Ford F750 dump truck for $10.
• Discussed a lease agreement on a Skid-steer loader.
• Approved the 2020-2021 budget for the Stone County Extension Service.
• Approved monthly reports from county departments.
The next meeting will take place at the Stone County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020.