This page will serve as the home of information related to the future of Seneca County EMS. On Sept. 22, 2020, the commissioners held two feedback-gathering sessions with township, village and joint ambulance district officials from across the county. The meetings were designed for the commissioners to start a conversation related to the EMS system, as the board attempts to find ways to sustain it long-term and improve it for everyone. The morning meeting peaked at more than 100 participants, while the evening session peaked at more than 120.
Seneca County EMS had 140 volunteers in 2014, but by the end of 2022, less than 40 were regularly running calls. This group is getting the job done as they have for more than 40 years, but the commissioners are working on exploring ways to supplement that group.
The goal is to do what’s in the best interest of the taxpayers. When you dial 9-1-1 anywhere in Seneca County, you should have quick and professional service. We’re doing that now, but we have to make sure that continues into the long-term future.
Please use the following resources if you’d like to learn more about the Seneca County EMS system, and the discussion surrounding sustaining it long-term, this includes a proposal from Seneca County Emergency Services Director Ken Majors that he believes the county should strive for in the future.
You can view all previous EMS stakeholder meetings at this link: https://senecacountyohio.gov/ems-meetings/
Additional official resources:
-> EMS Director, Commissioners advocate for pro-EMS policies in Columbus Thursday (May 12, 2022)
-> Commissioners move forward with plans for EMS station (Feb. 24, 2022)
-> EMS Director Majors speaks to the League of Women Voters about future of EMS system (Feb. 16, 2022)
-> Bascom Joint Ambulance District lone entity to opt out of county EMS system (Nov. 18, 2021)
-> August 2021 update to the 2007 Seneca County EMS operation plan
-> Commissioners, EMS office release OOS schedule, provide clarification on EMS issues (Aug. 16, 2021)
-> Solidifying our EMS system for years to come, a column by Emergency Services Director Ken Majors (Aug. 13, 2021)
-> Commissioner Anthony Paradiso and Emergency Services Director Ken Majors discuss the future of the county’s EMS system on the County Conversation Podcast (Aug. 11, 2022)
-> If not now, when? A column by Commissioner Mike Kerschner (Aug. 11, 2021)
-> Commissioners pitch long-term plan for full-time countywide ambulance service (Aug 5, 2021)
-> Commissioners respond to letter, clarify misconceptions about future of county EMS (April 15, 2021)
-> Seneca County EMS puts first full-time, paid crew on the road Wednesday (April 7, 2021)
-> A press release from the board rebuking rumors about the decision-making process for EMS (Sept. 22, 2020)
-> The video recording from the first feedback-gathering session on Sept. 22
-> The video recording from the second feedback-gathering session on Sept. 22
-> The County Conversation Podcast from Aug. 31, when Majors continued the discussion around the proposal presented on Aug. 27 (Aug. 31, 2020)
-> Post-meeting release that included a summary of Majors’ presentation on Aug. 27 (Aug. 27, 20200)
-> Video from the Aug. 27 board meeting when the presentation was given (Aug. 27, 2020)
-> Written operational plan concept submitted by Majors to the commissioners. The plan has evolved since its inception in 2007 (July 2020)