WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Beaufort County will be responsible for EMS services in the City of Washington at the beginning of the next fiscal year, according to City Manager Bobby Roberson.
Roberson told WNCT that all five city council members approved telling Beaufort County officials of the transition on Monday night.
Roberson said Washington was the first city in Beaufort County to offer EMS coverage. Beaufort County Commissioners decided to plan to expand county services, including going to paramedic level status, last year.
Roberson said under North Carolina statutes, the county is responsible for providing EMS coverage to residents. He noted the council’s decision was necessary because the members had to decide to turn coverage over.
The expectation would be that Beaufort County will take over EMS services July 1. Roberson said the city is going to lose money because the county will now collect money from EMS calls.
Roberson said he talked with county officials to work on a having a smooth transition considering the city has outside contracts.
He said the county officials told him they would take it under consideration but no calls have been made yet to talk further.