Beginning August 1st, ambulance service for residents dwelling within the areas served by the Teays Valley Fire Department and Hurricane Fire Department will be provided by Teays Valley Fire Department and the City of Hurricane. TVFD will now be home to three ambulances which are fully equipped. The Hurricane Fire Station will house an ambulance that was formerly operated by the Putnam County and the ambulance which was gifted to the City by MVB Bank.
At its May 11th meeting, Commissioners Brian Ellis and Ron Foster voted to supply two Ambulance Authority vehicles to Teays Valley and one to Hurricane. The Commissioners also voted to provide Hurricane Fire & Rescue with $150,000 to meet start up cost. Teays Valley will receive $200,000 for start up costs but is obligated to pay back $50,000 at a date to be determined. Commissioner Andy Skidmore who serves as Hurricane City Manager recused himself from voting and was not present during the discussion.
When the transfer of service is complete, Teays Valley will employ 18 EMTs to provide 24-7 service (2 EMTs per ambulance) and Hurricane will employ 7 EMTs.
The administration of the two departments will be separate with Teays Valley hiring three administrators and Hurricane one.
A total of 35,000 county residents will be served by the two departments.