South McLennan EMS fundraising to start serving citizens

Posted at 9:50 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 23:16:53-04

South McLennan Emergency Medical Services is fundraising to start serving people who live in Bruceville Eddy, Lorena and Moody.

"We need something that's more dependable here so when people call they know we have an ambulance service here that will be dependable and respond to that scene," Dennis Clark, President of South McLennan EMS, said.

Clark said he has waited 45 minutes to an hour for an ambulance to take him to the hospital in an emergency situation. He said it's because there is not an ambulance base in southern McLennan County. Instead, he said, they are in Waco and Temple.

"If they are tied up in their cities which they are contracted to and they have to cover. Then we have to wait until they are no longer busy for them to come here," Clark said.

Clark is teaming up with several others to start South McLennan EMS, but they need the community's help.

"It takes a lot to actually get one started," he said.

Lucy Posey has been an EMT in the area for 35 years and believes there is a need to start this service.

"It takes a support from the surrounding community because to keep one going and to keep any business going, you have to support it," Posey said. "I can't fault any ambulance service that responds to our area because they have their own response area they have to cover."

The group needs about $40,000 to get to the point where they can get licensing and start taking calls.

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