County Ambulance will now serve as the town's primary EMS.
The Board of Selectmen last week signed an agreement with the Pittsfield-based ambulance provider to handle calls in town. Town Manager Kelli Robbins said the three-year agreement comes with no cost to the town.
"I would like to see this done as a trial," Robbins said.
The Board of Selectmen are once again looking to privatize the ambulance service.
The town had sought to help the service by hiring an emergency medical technicians to work in the Highway Department, giving the town coverage during the day because the workers could leave to take ambulance calls. The town hired two and for a while, it was working out well.
The new logo centers the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial and its beacon on a mountainous terrain with an orange and gold maple leaf behind. The EMS division has a heartbeat, the van transport service a winding road.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito vowed to work with town, state, and federal officials to find a way forward with the Stockbridge Bowl dredging project.
The $4 million project to restore the lake was stalled recently when an endangered snail was found to be located there and in only one other state lake. Board of Selectman Chairman Donald Chabon said the lake is in dire need of restoration and the species wouldn't survive if the lake's overall ecosystem isn't approved.
In an effort to bring sustainability to the ambulance service, the Board of Selectmen hired the first of two EMTs.
On Monday, Nico Amuso, a four-year member of the Volunteer Fire Department and an emergency medical technician, was hired to work in the town's highway department. There work with the department during the day while also be available to handle medical calls as they come in. He starts on Monday, April 2.
Town Manager Paul Sieloff is suggesting the town hire EMTs to work in the highway department.
The hope is that the town will then have two emergency medical technicians available during the days to answer calls for service. When they are not answering the calls, they will work on projects with the highway department. That would help curb a problem with the ambulance service's struggles to have volunteers available.