The Bridgeport city council Thursday night voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that dissolves the city’s emergency response volunteer unit and places emergency responses under the direction of Morrill County Hospital. The council also voted to waive the three reading of the ordinance making it effective immediately.
Mayor Jack Berg says there was discussion pro and con prior to the vote. Berg told KNEB News, “There were a few questions about whether we should have the state come out to tell us what is the best thing to do. The hospital spoke and some people from the audience and I think everybody got their questions answered appropriately and understood.”
The volunteers have been responding to basic emergency response situations and paging the Morrill County paramedics when they needed advanced live support. Berg says the change will make the response more efficient and eliminate conflicts and miscommunication between the two units.
Berg reiterated the volunteers can still apply to respond as they have to emergency calls using Morrill County equipment.
Berg says the city will look into whether the rescue vehicles used by the volunteers will be valuable to the hospital. But if the hospital does not want them the city will look to see whether another area rescue unit can use them.