Portsmouth Ambulance seeks to serve South Shore

By Frank Lewis

May 12, 2014

By Frank Lewis


Mike Adkins, of Portsmouth Ambulance, believes serving the ambulance needs of South Shore, Ky., would be a natural for him and his company.

“Our trucks (medical units) pass through Greenup County each and every day,”Adkins told the Daily Times. “I told them (South Shore emergency officials) we’re relatively close and I can’t see why anyone would not support somebody for more pre-hospital care. You’ve got to get someone to the patient as quickly as possible. I told them we’re licensed in Lewis County (Ky.) and would need a Mutual Aid agreement signed.”

On Monday morning, as Greenup County officials awaited the start of a 911 meeting, they had a pressing need they were trying desperately to deal with.

“Our ambulance service pulled out,” South Shore Fire Chief Kenny Taylor said. “King’s Daughters said they couldn’t make any money on this end of the county is what I was told.”

Taylor said his department was notified of the pull out last week, and that, as of June 1, they would not be served by King’s Daughters anymore. Taylor and Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said Greenup EMS had told them they would place one ambulance in that end of the county, but both said one ambulance would not be enough.

Adkins attended Monday morning’s 911 meeting at the South Shore Fire Department.

“They said in the meeting that King’s Daughters runs two 24-hour crews that were pulling out,” Adkins said. “And Greenup County was only going to send one truck (medical unit). So they’re still going to be down one crew.”

Adkins said he hopes to get the move expedited Tuesday morning.

“I told Buford Hurley, president of the 911 Board, we have already had a firm out of Lexington handling all of the paperwork,” Adkins said. “The paperwork is in the process and I’ve got a Fiscal Court meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9:30 (a.m.) in Greenup I have to go to. And I’m going to ask them for a letter of support.”

Adkins said it is approximately six minutes in travel time from Portsmouth Ambulance on Gallia Street to the traffic light on U.S. 23 at the entrance to downtown South Shore.

Adkins said his plan would be to station a paramedic crew over there at all times. Adkins said paramedics can put patients on a heart monitor, start I.V.s and give drugs for cardiac arrest or insulin diabetic reactions.

“We transmit right into Southern Ohio Medical Center too,” Adkins said.

Adkins said he hopes to know more after meeting with Fiscal Court officials Tuesday.

Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.