Whitewright providing EMS coverage to parts of Grayson County following Texas Vital Care departure
WHITEWRIGHT, Texas (KXII) - News 12 has been following the changing landscape of EMS services across Grayson County since the announcement that Texas Vital Care would be leaving. Last Thursday, TVC officially left the area, this was two weeks earlier than anticipated.
Whitewright has expedited plans to provide EMS coverage to impacted cities. Mayor Tona Shiplet said by 1 p.m. on Friday, these areas already had coverage. Additionally, two contracts were drafted, one for the City of Bells.
“For 17 months, we’re going to be providing an ALS ambulance there with a paramedic and an EMT, it will be 24/7,” said Whitewright Fire Chief and EMS Director, John Sinor.
Sinot said the total cost of the service for the City of Bells is $100,000. Because of the abrupt exit of TVC, this contract is a temporary fix. The city’s attorney will be making adjustments.
“She’s going to clean that up and we’ll go back to it on April 1st so that’ll be official,” Shiplet said.
The second agreement is with Grayson County to fill gaps in EMS coverage left by TVC.
“Whitewright has agreed with the county to provide an ALS ambulance for the northeastern side of the county,” Sinor said.
He adds that the agreement will cost the county a total of $184,000 dollars. This agreement will be in effect from April 1st to September 30th.
“We are here to help our neighbors when we’re needed,” Shiplet said.
The help will not come at the cost of Whitewright residents. Shiplet said two ambulances will remain in the city and there will not be a financial burden for taxpayers.
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