NC to privatize EMS services for better response times
The change-up would increase the county's current five full-time positions to 24 full-time positions with benefits
WINDSOR, N.C. — More 911 calls, budget cuts and a drop in the number of volunteers has created the perfect storm in Bertie County.
"With our economic status and as economically poor as Bertie County is, the choice was made by the commissioners to seek a contracted service by putting out a request for proposal, which was released early May," says Mitch Cooper, director of Bertie County Emergency Management.
County leaders want to privatize their EMS services through a provider called First Med. Cooper says the change-up would increase the county's current five full-time positions to 24 full-time positions with benefits, while adding 12 part-time jobs.