Manila changes ambulance services

Friday, January 2, 2009

The citizens of Manila and the surrounding area will not be without an ambulance service thanks to the quick action of Manila Mayor Clifford Veach and the council members.

Mayor Veach called a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 22, shortly after receiving word Medic One, the ambulance service in Manila, would be leaving at the end of the year.

Mayor Veach told the council he had been talking to Pafford Ambulance Service and was impressed with what they had to offer. The company has been in business for over 40 years.

After a discussion, Veach and the council agreed to enter in to a 90 day trial basis with Pafford.

The company will be housed in the old library building. Veach said he had talked to the owner, James Pafford, about housing two ambulances in Manila. One ambulance would be manned by paramedics with the company and a back-up ambulance could be manned through a joint effort with Pafford's personnel and Manila's First Responders.

"An ambulance service is not something we can do without," Veach said.

Veach said Pafford is an experienced company and this could be a good opportunity for Manila.

The council voted unanimously to bring in Pafford on a 90 day trial basis in hopes it will work out well for the community and the company.

Following a short executive session, the council voted to hire Bryan Crites as full time police officer.

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