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Pender County EMS strained

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PENDER COUNTY -- Our area is growing and more people mean more emergencies. That's becoming very apparent in one local county. Pender County Emergency Management Director Eddie King said he's worked eight days straight, because he's had to respond to so many emergencies in the area. He says this amount of work is becoming the norm. King says the counties population has grown by 21 percent in the last eight years and with more people in the area -- comes an increase in emergency calls. To meet the demand fire departments and EMS are adjusting their staffing, so the communities needs are still being met. But the extra work has forced king to make some sacrifices. King said, "We don't have the time to spend event planning that we would really like to. Pender County is still prepared for a hurricane or natural disaster, but we would like to spend more time to be better prepared." That's why King is asking county commissioners to budget in additional personnel for his office. He'll find out if the commissioners granted his request when the budget is finalized in mid-June. King says he wants to let people know he's rarely in his office because he's out responding to emergency calls -- so if they cannot contact him call the sheriff's department. If it's an emergency, always call 911.

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Re: EMS Shortage

It seems as if Pender shot it's self in the foot when they ran the volunteer emergency services out of business a few years ago!!!

EMS Shortage in Pender

That is right, you did not want help, now you need help. It's your own fault for treating the volunteer groups like dirt. Now you can make all the overtime that you need, right? So quit whinning and get back to work.

God bless those men and

God bless those men and women for the hard nerve racking work they do. These people will be your front line when actions determine life or death for you. I am not a part of that county nor am I a current medic. However, I plead with the citizens of that county to go to your elected officals and tell them more money for better pay and hire more trained personel, its your tax money and a wise investment. Help these good people, for one day it will be them helping you.Once again God Bless these people for their hard work and commitment to a fellow human.