PINEDALE – A decision regarding the fate of the Sand Draw emergency medical services (EMS) station was postponed until August at last week’s Sublette County Rural Health Care District (RHCD) board of trustees meeting.
At the June board meeting, the board voted to accept the recommendation of the district’s directors of emergency services and EMS program to destaff the Sand Draw facility.
The facility costs more than $400,000 to operate annually and represents one-quarter of the RHCD’s deficit budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but the county owns the ambulance and facility, so the board cannot close the facility – only cease assigning personnel to the station.
The Sand Draw facility was established in 2007 to reduce response times for the then-expanding oil and gas industry. However, during the past 27 months, the
station has responded to an average of three calls per month – with industry-related injuries averaging 0.3 percent of those calls.
District EMS Director Jerry Kirchoff told the board last week, while the Sand Draw station receives few calls, it does offer backup to the district’s other ambulance facilities – whenever an ambulance is dispatched from the Pinedale or Mableton-Big Piney stations, the Sand Draw unit relocates to that facility to ensure coverage is readily available.
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