Fort Meade EMS reduction delayed

April 04, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County officials have until June 1 to assess the effects of a decision by Fort Meade to drastically reduce its 24-hour emergency services and instead rely on paramedics from surrounding counties, now that the Army has postponed the effective date until then.

Originally scheduled to take effect tomorrow, the plan was put on hold last week - a decision that left critics hopeful that the Army will find another way to cut costs.

"I think it [the delay] is a good move," said James Goetz, Fort Meade EMS spokesman. "I'm a firm believer that they don't want to lose EMS and that they postponed the decision so they can figure out how to fund us."

Under the plan, paramedics at the Army post will work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

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