Improve Ohio County’s Terrible Ambulance System


Target: Tuscarawas County Commissioners

Goal: Improve access to emergency medical services within Tuscarawas County, Ohio

In an emergency situation, the last thing one wants to deal with is a denial by the public agency being relied upon. Unfortunately this is precisely what is happening in Ohio’s Tuscarawas County – due to political bickering between municipalities and public safety officials. This only serves to cause harm and hardship among the residents of the county who can no longer rely on these emergency services to make the choice most likely to provide a potentially life-saving ambulance in the most expeditious manner possible.

Calls presently that are not able to be answered by what are deemed “contracted” units will be rolled over to ambulances that may be far from the nearest unit simply because of the predetermined call-boxes which the local government established. These choices are arbitrary and have not been created with any notion of providing efficient aid to those in need. The choice of ambulance service should be determined by who is most capable of rendering immediate aid; no other concerns should ever factor into the equation until the person in need of medical assistance has been cared for. For some this may be an inconvenience but for others it may wind up costing them their lives.

No one should ever have to worry about whether or not the ambulance headed their way will arrive in time. This ludicrous call-box protocol policy must end. This is not a matter of municipal boundaries or fiscal policy; it is a matter of protecting the public’s health and well-being,  a notion which must supersede all others.


Dear Commissioners of Tarawas County,

Universal access to emergency medical services, with the idea that they will be provided in the swiftest and most efficient means possible, should be considered among our inherent rights as United States citizens. This does not mean that aid must be rendered in a manner which best suits the machinations of a system which arbitrarily selects what it feels is the most suitable response team by virtue of what should be deemed entirely irrelevant factors. It seems painfully obvious and yet this is exactly the form of response being afforded to residents of Tuscarawas County.

The call-box procedure employed by the emergency medical response system within Tuscarawas County puts lives at risk. Under this process an individual requesting emergency medical aid cannot necessarily expect the nearest ambulance to be the one paged to respond. Instead, contracted units are allocated based upon the arbitrarily determined call-box location assigned to a given unit. This disconcerting result of municipal divisiveness will only create an additional burden upon Tuscarawas County as the ramifications of inefficient medical aid become felt. A policy such as this threatens the health and safety of every resident who may potentially need to utilize emergency medical services within their lifetime.

This terrible program must be halted. The only acceptable system for emergency medical response is the one which allocates the nearest available unit when called upon. To allow a procedure that denies prompt medical care to those in need is to fail your constituency. I urge you to do away with the call-box system and instead simply allow the nearest ambulance to respond to an emergency call.


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