Southern Pottawatomie County is in the process of receiving a new paramedic unit.
On Monday, Greg Reid with REACT EMS presented the need for southern Pottawatomie County to have a roaming quick response paramedic unit.
“This would make an immediate step to improve paramedic response,” Reid said.
The REACT EMS board is willing to purchase an SUV with radio, computer, oxygen, medical kit, medication and cardiac device if Pottawatomie County will cover the operations expenses.
Total cost of the fully-furnished vehicle would be roughly $125,000 and the cost of operations expenses is an estimated $151,700 per year.
The proposed vehicle would be available 12 hours per day, seven days a week and would be considered a roaming unit. The vehicle would arrive on scene and stabilize the patient until the transportation unit arrives. Once the transport unit takes over the care of the patient, the response unit becomes available again.
The proposal indicates REACT EMS would purchase the equipment and Pottawatomie County would help with the operating expenses for one year.
After one calendar year, REACT EMS and the county would assess sharing the operating costs and other ways to generate funds for the unit.
The Pottawatomie County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide the issue at next week's meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m.