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Madison Township FD vies to be second EMS site

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department is Mulberry has approached Josh Uitts, president of the Clinton County Board of Commissioners, to be considered as the permanent satellite site for Clinton County Emergency Medical Services.

Uitts brought the issue up to his fellow commissioners at their meeting Monday.

Currently, one of the county’s ambulances operates out of Mulberry, but the commissioners have been planning to put a second location at the corner of State Road 38 and U.S. 421/State Road 39, which positions a crew within five miles of Mulberry, Rossville and Frankfort.

Renee Crick of Clinton County Central Dispatch noted that when the two Frankfort-based units are out on calls, the Mulberry-based unit moves closer southeast to be closer to the center of the county in case another ambulance is needed.

CCEMS is in the process of constructing its new headquarters on the Clinton County Fairgrounds at 1701 S. Jackson St. in Frankfort, but the commissioners would also like to place a satellite EMS facility north of the railroad tracks.

The Madison Township location would save the county the cost of purchasing land but the current firehouse in Mulberry would have to be expanded to accommodate EMS permanently, said Uitts.

Questions also arose over the legal implications of the county and the township co-owning space.

Commissioner Steve Wood indicated he would prefer to stick with the existing plan to locate a second EMS station the site already selected, known to long-time locals as Maddox Corner.

“That was one of the issues I ran (for commissioner) on,” he said.

The commissioners have been in touch with two property owners at the corner and are making arrangements to have the properties surveyed. The next step would be pursuing appraisals, Woods said.

He added that if a third EMS location were ever needed, it would make sense to put it at the corner of U.S. 421 and State Road 28 on the county’s east side.