LOGAN – The Hocking County Board of Commissioners heard from Hocking County EMS Director and Chief Scott Brooker to discuss needed EMS upgrades during its meeting on Thursday, May 6.

Hocking County EMS is requesting funding from the American Plan and Rescue Act, Brooker said. All of the requested funding will go toward life-saving and rescue assets for all of Hocking County.

“The equipment that we purchase with these funds will include MARCS radios, special service vehicles – those are to haul manpower equipment, trailers and additional specialty response to Hocking Hills and Wayne National Forest areas; a remote access off-highway vehicle, auto-pulse life support resuscitation devices; search and rescue including repelling gear, and water rescue and recovery equipment,” Brooker said.

The total amount requested is $368,910.68, Brooker said. Most items requested will last between 10–20 years, he added. “Plus, 43% of that request is (for) the MARCS radios.”

Hocking County EMS currently uses repurposed Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) radios, Brooker said; however, they will need to be replaced soon. Almost all of the radios Hocking County EMS uses are repurposed from the ODNR – 90%, Brooker said.

Brooker also said Hocking County EMS is potentially constructing a new EMS station near Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park. Commissioner Sandra Ogle said a facility in that location would be potentially life-saving. Board President Jeff Dickerson and Commissioner Gary Waugh were enthused by the idea, too.

The commissioners also hosted two interviews for two open 317 Board positions on Thursday. The 317 Board serves Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties as a mental health services, drug and alcohol addiction board.

Commissioner Ogle read revenue loss announcements frrom the Scenic Hills Senior Center, for a total $32,985. Many events and activities were canceled due to the pandemic.

Ogle also requested a water shut-off for Sutton Road, where a leak of 71,000 gallons of water occurred.

The next commissioners meeting will be Tuesday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the commissioners chambers at the Hocking County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St. Meetings are open to the public with limited capacity and livestreamed on the commissioners’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HockingCommissioners/.

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