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Maywood EMT says: Don’t out-source service

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AN EMT WRITES: In the very near future, the mayor and council of Maywood will make a decision regarding our daytime EMTs.

The Council is looking to turn over our daytime emergency calls to a Hackensack service with no charge to the borough of Maywood. How will this affect the elderly and individuals with medical issues? Or the new Wellness Center on Route 17 and the dialysis facility on Essex Street?

Our borough EMTs were established to serve the people of Maywood. It was never to make money but to help the citizens of our community.

The Borough has been submitting to insurance companies for reimbursement. How will this be handled in the future? After insurance pays their portion, will the Maywood resident be responsible for the balance?

Did the mayor and council or EMTs’ liaison ever sit down with our EMTs to discuss their responsibilities and experiences with the people of Maywood?
The people know who is coming to help and the EMTs know the situation. Give them an address and most likely they know the patient and how they can be of assistance.

Several attempts were made by our EMTs to improve service, but we were told it would have to be reviewed — with no follow-up by the borough.

Another responsibility is the maintenance of 15 Park Avenue and other Maywood buildings. Who will do that and will it be at no cost to the borough?

This is what a community is all about — people who know people and how they can help them.

Is the money the real issue? In the long run, to me, the little money that is really saved doesn’t make a difference.

Mike Schmitt is a Maywood EMT.

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