Kunkle Fire Department Chief Jack Dodson addressed Eaton Township supervisors Tuesday night (June 4) about the possibility of putting a medic unit in the township.
“We’re not looking to run competition against any of the ambulances or any medic units, but 33 percent of our calls is in Wyoming County,” Dodson said.
Kunkle is based in Dallas, but takes calls in areas such as Laceyville, Meshoppen, Mehoopany, Tunkhannock Township/Borough and Eaton Township.
Dodson said Kunkle has been approached by two other ambulance providers.
“I guess there’s a lot of times when maybe your other medic unit up here is busy and they’re out of the area and we’ve been up here quite a bit,” he said. “So far this year, it’s about 272 calls (in Wyoming County).”
The department has one medic unit on already, which is a “costly venture.”
“We’re trying to give the residents in our area, in other areas, the best possible service we can. That’s our goal,” he said, noting that the idea isn’t just to make money, but ambulances do require it to stay afloat.
Kunkle needs commitments from townships that they would use the potential second medic unit since it wouldn’t be cost effective to have emergency personnel come in for shifts without any calls.
So far, agreements have been made with Meshoppen, Tunkhannock and Lake Winola, Dodson said.
The idea isn’t to construct a new building, but to find a space to house an ambulance with a room for emergency personnel to spend 12-hour shifts when they’re not out on calls.
The township supervisors agreed to discuss Dodson’s proposal.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, vice chairman Abe Kukuchka announced that Brenda Novak has moved on and will no longer serve as township secretary and treasurer.
“I want to thank her for her years of dedicated service and wish her the best,” he said.
The supervisors authorized Sarah Demmy, her replacement as secretary, to complete any paperwork related to her departure.
The township has also hired Dianna Patton to serve as treasurer.
In regard to 2019 road projects, roadmaster Paul Rowker said putting on the fog coat is the final step.
“All the feedback on the projects was very good,” he said.
Kukuchka reminded that the township granted a conditional use permit for Tunkhannock Ford last month to move its dealership to Eaton Township next to Creekside Gardens.
The Susquehanna Wyoming County Equipment Show is scheduled for July 25 at Lazybrook Park.
“We usually have about 40-50 vendors over there,” said chairman Kenny White.
The township supervisors also reminded the public that the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for temporary workers at $15 per hour plus mileage. Two days of training pay $13.50 per hour, and there are supervisor positions available for $16.50 per hour.
Eaton Township was also expected to undergo its audit last week.
The Eaton Township supervisors are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m.