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Johnston EMS to expand coverage area

Posted May 7, 2008

— Johnston County Emergency Services on July 1 will begin providing emergency medical services to people served by Benson and North Johnston EMS agencies, authorities said Wednesday.

During the transition, the residents of the affected communities will continue to be served with a paramedic level of care, authorities said.


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  • 2headstrong May 7, 2008

    Hopefully they will make some adjustments to the way they dispatch for Polenta Elementary school while they're at it. 50-210 has a station with an ambulance less than 3 minutes down the road. Instead, 911 dispatches Clayton EMS to Polenta, and it takes them about 20 minutes to get there.

    So if you're ever at Polenta and need EMS, get someone to drive you to the 50-210 station down the road.

  • fatherofa4yr May 7, 2008

    The times will be the same as they have always been. The ambulance never responded from Smithfield, they are stationed in Benson near the ball park. Basically each town has a EMS squad, they are as follows. 50-210 (2 stations), Clayton (2 stations), Benson (2 stations), Selma, Smithfield, North Johnston ( Kenly and Micro), Princeton, Four Oaks. From what I can gather the change is to mainly affect the way these squads are being run. Hopefully the employe's will stay the same, that way the same quality care can be continued.

  • 2alegal May 7, 2008

    Hopefully with this new service people who need the services won't have to wait a long time. From Smithfield to Benson, that is a bit longer than what I would want to wait in an emergency.

  • Glass Half Full May 7, 2008

    I'd like more details on why the changes? I kind of understand the Benson thing. What's up with North Johnston? Can't RD handle it all?