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Brunswick County plans to expand EMS services into Leland

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By Staff Report

Brunswick County EMS crews are tentatively scheduled to begin servicing Leland residents perhaps as early as July1, according to a Leland Town Hall press release.

 

The expanded emergency services follow county staff’s recommendations to not renew Leland’s ambulance franchise for the coming fiscal year.

 

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners and the Leland Town Council are negotiating an agreement for the transfer of emergency services, hopefully to be finalized later this month. As part of the proposed agreement, Leland “anticipates the County will offer employment to Leland’s full-time EMS employees.”

 

The town also hopes the county will purchase its operational ambulances, the release states.

 

Leland will in turn provide county EMS with space within one of its fire stations.

 

“The County and Town are working in partnership to ensure that our residents will not notice any change to EMS services come July 1,” Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman said. “We have a singular goal with the forthcoming agreement, which is to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

 

Leland Fire/Rescue has provided EMS services to the northern area of the county since 1968, when it was formed as an all-volunteer organization.

 

Brunswick County first granted the volunteer department an ambulance franchise nearly 20 years ago, the release states. The franchise was later renewed when the department became a division of the town of Leland in 2017.

 

“We are proud of the accomplishments our nationally recognized EMS department has achieved and are prouder to have served our fellow citizens as a department for more than 50 years,” Chief John Grimes said. “We appreciate the county’s trust in us to serve and the opportunity to continue serving our fellow residents in emergency medical situations. We have all confidence in the county’s decision to expand its EMS services to our area, and to do so without disruption to town citizens.”

 

The board of commissioners will consider approval of the proposed EMS service agreement during its May 20 meeting. The town council is scheduled to meet May 23 and is expected to consider its approval as well.