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Garner EMS directors to hear about financial problems

Garner EMS could cut employee pay and benefits and reorganize after expenses exceeded revenue for the first part of 2010.

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GARNER, N.C. — The board of directors of the Garner EMS was scheduled to meet Monday night about the group’s finances while concern swirls that the county could take over emergency operations in Garner.

Dr. Brent Myers, director of Wake County EMS, said that revenue projections for Garner EMS were on target through early January, but the organization’s expenses have exceeded revenue.

Garner EMS Chief Bill Frederick blamed the financial straits on "billing issues" and the poor economy.

The agency, which is operated as a nonprofit and overseen by an independent board of directors, is trying to cut expenses, Frederick said, but he's unsure if enough money can be saved to keep it in business.

Garner EMS has 15 employees – a 16th was laid off in November – and operates four ambulances out of two stations. During the first two months of 2010, the agency responded to more than 1,000 calls.

Frederick said officials are looking at cutting employee pay and benefits and reorganizing Garner EMS.

Monday's meeting, at 6 p.m. at 920 7th Ave. on the second floor, is open to the public.


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