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Mission To Albany: First Responders Travel Overnight to Capital to Push for Mercy EMS Service to be Allowed Countywide in Face of Pushback by Competitors

Author: Christian Peck/Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Categories: General

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LOCKPORT—Faced with potential administrative challenges to a Certificate of Need for Mercy EMS, a group of county legislators and policymakers, as well as representatives from volunteer fire and emergency medical service companies from across the county will depart for Albany at 3 a.m. to address state officials at the State Emergency Medical Services Council to ensure that county residents have access to emergency medical service.

The last-minute lobbying effort in support of the volunteer companies comes as one of Mercy EMS’s competitors has taken steps to block final issuance of the Certificate of Need by the state.

“This effort is being undertaken to ensure our county’s residents—even in the most rural towns—have access to the emergency medical services they expect and deserve,” said the chairman of the Legislature’s Community Safety Committee, David Godfrey, R-Wilson.

The bus trip—which will take as many as 56 county first-responders to Albany—will depart from the Niagara County Public Safety Facility. Media are encouraged to visit the site immediately prior to the bus's departure.

WHO:  Community Safety Committee Chairman David Godfrey, R-Wilson, Emergency Services Director Jonathan Schultz, other lawmakers and dignitaries, and representatives of nearly every fire company in Niagara County.

WHAT:  Departing on overnight bus trip to Albany to lobby for countywide ambulance service, departing at 3 a.m.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Sept. 27, 3 a.m.                                    

WHERE:  Niagara County Public Safety Facility, 5574 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport.       

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