First steps have been taken to form a new Calhoun EMS Advisory Board, whose goal is to provide public ambulance service to the county.

Julie Sears, Calhoun's OES/911 Director, says a first meeting was dedicated mostly to organizational issues.

A decision was made to move forward to start accepting applications for the position of Director of EMS.

"Applications will be reviewed, interviews of qualified applicants will be conducted, and then the Advisory Board will make their recommendation to the County Commission as to whom to appoint as Director," said Sears.

A timeline of how this process will follow was discussed such as Articles of Incorporation, a Mission Statement, discussion of Employee Handbook/Policy and Procedure, plus an application to IRS for 501 (C) for tax exempt/non-profit status.

The members are Julie Sears, OES/911 Director; Michael Hicks, Calhoun Commissioner; Ron Blankenship, Grantsvillr Mayor; Gary Knight, Calhoun Chronicle reporter and Bruce Fitzwater, Calhoun Banks.

"It is very welcome to have such a well rounded group of people on our board to help us move forward on this very important project for our community," said Sears.

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