VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – For over 20 years, Knox County was one of the only counties in the state without a subsidized EMS service. As a result, residents didn’t have to pay a tax for their ambulance service.
Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum said he knew that wouldn’t last forever.
“We knew the day was going to come that that wasn’t going to be feasible any longer.”
July 1 will mark the first day that Good Samaritan will take over for Knox County EMS to provide emergency services throughout the county.
Mayor Yochum said the new system will provide a number of benefits.
“It’s newer equipment. Also, we have got a lot of trained employees, former [Knox County EMS employees] that are going to work the service. We just felt it was best to run it through the hospital because obviously that’s where our major healthcare is,” he said.
Vincennes City Fire Chief Brett Bobe said he didn’t have any concerns ahead of the transition on Friday. He said the new service will provide the system with an extra ambulance.
“Good Samaritan Hospital has stepped up the plate and they have assembled a team. They are going to have four ambulances in Vincennes. I look forward to a smooth transition. Don’t expect any problems,” he said.
Yochum said this has been in the works for about two years. Now that the first day for Good Samaritan’s services is in sight, he believes this is the best option for the residents of Knox County.
“Working with the hospital and with the county has just proved to be the best option for the elected officials but for the public getting the best service that they deserve,” Yochum said.