DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Dutchess County Emergency Medical Services Task Force will host two public forums over the next several weeks to present the findings of the task force’s report, which takes a look at the current state of EMS in the county.
The meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Amenia Town Hall, at 4988 Route 22, and on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, located at 392 Creek Road in the Town of Hyde Park.
The report, released earlier this year, details the patchwork and fragmented system of EMS throughout the county, as well as the varying approaches from municipalities and fire districts regarding EMS services.
The extensive report reveals a wide range of cost structures, coverage ability and response times. The report also includes the task force’s immediate, short-term and long-term recommendations to improve and enhance EMS service in the county.
The EMS Task Force said they will continue to work with the fire and EMS communities, local municipalities, and the public to develop solutions that are patient-centered, reliable, consistent, affordable, and sustainable.