Winder doesn’t have an ambulance in the town and hasn’t had for nearly 14 months.
The closest Advance Life Support ambulance to Winder, Barrow County’s largest and densest population center, is 4.7 miles away in Bethlehem and has a Winder response time of over 5.5 minutes.
But that may be changing. The issue of having an ALS ambulance in Winder was brought up at last week’s Winder City Council meeting. City officials said they want a 2006 agreement between the county and city that put an ambulance in the town revisited.
Councilman Bob Dixon said after the council meeting that evidently county officials forgot the original plan, or ignored it.
“We’re going to help people remember the plan,” he said. “Because we need to do the right thing here. We do need a permanent ambulance in the city of Winder.”
For the complete story, see the March 16 issue of the Barrow Journal.
03/16/11 at 04:29 PM
If the city of Winder wants a ambulance in the city, I think the best thing for the tax payers is to combine the city and county fire departments into one. I sure there is places in the county that is more than 5.5 miles away from any fire station or ambulance.
longtime in Winder
03/20/11 at 04:28 PM
Winder is the countyseat of Barrow County and actually the reason we have a Barrow County, It is the largest City/Town and the central population center, It should have a EMS unit stationed there period, it is a disservice to YOU and all of us, and from the Center of Barrow it could back up any unit in any direction faster too, IT MAKES SENSE.
What you didn’t ask was “How can the County Government and the EMS structure be so mismanaged to not see this?” --and why would I want to turn anything over to them?
(Note: Winder was here first and asked the legislature for it's own county in the late 1800's repeatedly and got it finally in 1914).
Seriously, you are a retired firefighter? This county is only 162 square miles (about the 8th smallest in area) with a population of around 70,000 (in the Top25 of 159), you think this the best we can do?
THis shouldnt really be an issue. PRIVATE! Discuss with Barrow Medical Center, and their contracted ambulance provider to provide 24 hour ALS in the city. Offer crews housing in the fire house. There ar several highly qualified PRIVATE EMS operations in the area that with teh right conditions wouldbe happy to to provide this service!