Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 1974 · Page 8
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 8

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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N*rtnw*« AHuHMOi TIMB, Swi, May M, 1*74 ·AvrrrcvtiLC, ' Under Experimental Program Central Radio System To Link Hospitals, Ambulances (CONTINUro FROM PAGE 1) Ing radio towers will c o s t $750,000. Six new base communication ·yslems for hospitals in the district will be installed with the radios set on a hospital frequency. Two private ambulance services will also Bet radio systems In addition to now equipment, I a training program for ambulance technicians is also underway. Approximately 70 persons in the district have been trained since the program got underway, according to Sullivan. Galtis said that approximately 500 persons in the state received the emergency medical technical (EMT) course last year. The EMT course involves an 80 : hour intensive training program including 10 hours of actual emergency room observation. Volunteers have been teaching Ihe session with equipment furnished by the state THIS SCENE WILL BE REPEATED ... but at least mure and better help can respond more rapidly As Lieutenant Governor Three Democrats Vying For $2,50fl-a-year Job By DEBRA HALE -LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A black man, a woman, a former attorney general, a state representative and a former legislator are competing for a job that pays $2,500 a year and consists largely of presiding over the Senate. They nil want to he Arkansas' next lieutenant governor. The candidates for the Democratic nomination are former Atty. Gen. Joe Purcelt of Benton, state Rep. B. D. "Doug" Brandon of Little Rock and Kenneth Coffelt of Jacksonville. The candidates for the Republican nomination are Leona Troxell of Rose Bud and An drew E. Bcarden of Little Rock. The state Constitution pro- Tides that the lieutenant gover nor becomes governor when *nd if the governor dies. Although somewhat overshadowed by the U.S. Senate and governor's races this year, he lieutenant governor's race las not escaped controversy. Controversy began in April when the slate GOP notified Jeardcn that it would try to teep him off the primary ballot jecause a check for his $250 Fil- ng fee had bounced. Bearden subsequently offered to pay the "ee again, but the party refused to accept his money. COURT ORDER He didn't get on the ballot until the party, under court order, was forced to allow Joseph H. Weston of Cave City to run for governor on the GOP ticket Weston, controversial editor of the Sharp Citizen, had desig nated Bearden, a black, as his running mate. The party then allowed Bearden to file for the race. Bearden, a warehouseman, said he is running because it's ime for blacks to run for state- vide office. If political endorsements can effectively measure a candidate's strength, Purcell appears to be the leading candidate. He has been endorsed by such groups as the Political Acion Committee on Education (PACE), the state AFL-CIO the Central-Arkansas PACE and the state United Auto Workers. But it is these endorsements which one ot his opponents Brandon, 41, has chosen to make into a campaign issue. Brandon, a furniture slor owner, has said repeatedly tha Purcell has received so many endorsements that it is rmpos sible for Purcell to be impar tial. Health Department, Gattis' added it is hoped that in the future money will be available so that vocation schools can teach the EMT program. STATE EVALUATION Gattis and Schmitt are also working on an evaluation of the entire state EMS program. To access the needs and r a d i o systems required, the two professors have visited every hospital in the state. A prototype of the EMS system is now operating in the Westark district with a resource coordination center set up at St. Edwards Hospital in Fort Smith. The system operates with new ambulances meeting the rigid DOT requirements including the stipulation that two persons ride on each ambulance run. and that one must I have completed an EMT course. Radio installation in hospitals and ambulances and the purchase of sophisticated emergency medical equipment .such as telemetry equipment which can transmit electrocardiograms to a hospital from any location has also been incorporated in the prototype. Actually, the Westark and White River Districts were the only ones whose proposals for the system were first accepted for the HEW project. Gattis emphasized the aid of U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who persuaded HEW to accept resubmitted proposals of the other six districts. Schmidt outlined how the system will benefit persons throughout the slate. First, he aid, there will be easier access help in an emergency ituation by the use of just one elephone number for everyone i the state. He cited the resent problem that exists Central District (Little Rock area) where there are 114 different emergency phone numbers for persons to call. Often someone in an emergency situation will have to make hrce or more calls to get an ambulance. FASTER RESPONSE He added that there will be quicker response by emergency personnel to the scene of an emergency. There will be better iare at the scene because of .he ambulance personnel train- ng and (.here will be m o r e rapid transportation to appropriate facilities because of communication with the v. resource coordination center. And, S c h m i d t continued, because the hospital is notified that the patient is coming and given an idea of bis or her condition, there will be quick care at the hospital. In the case of a disaster situation, Schmidt added t h a t the dispatch centers will have communications with adjacent centers and the state Health Department by radio (power an telephone lines are often own). This will allow them to call in all appropraite assistance to deal with the situation. Schmidt also emphasized that areas of the state where there is a lot of tourist traffic with no emergency medical services, ambulances with a trained medical technician and communications with the dispatch center for quicker access to medical care will greatly improve the situation. Two years ago a majority of ambulances in the slate were private, but minimum wage laws and the low rate of collection have forced many of these out of business. Gattis s a i d , Hospitals are now operating more ambulances be added. Actual HEW funding is for less than the minimal cost of the plans and at the end of the contract period it is hoped that the people of the state will support the program through a millage as they do police and fire department*. "HapeMly the people wont shot tn» door," said Gattis. H was recently ammonnd by HEW that an additional J185 million hat been made avail able nationally on basis of results of the demonstrator emergency medical service projects. Sheriff Bill Long Organized the first Rural Patrol to cover designated areas in Washington County! EAST SECTION OF COUNTY WEST SECTION OF COUNTY Deputy McNeil Deputy Skinner NORTH WEST SECTIONS Deputy Colvard .-i«SToai'viJ5£:irJr\=-----.4 M. * ft tm kr M, rwj a* Mo* rf Mt Imi SHERIFF LONG AND HIS PATROL UNITS When Sheriff Long first went in office he pledged to divide the county into three geographic areas to better organize the system of patrot Let's Keep Sheriff Bill Long - Wuhbwfca Cmtr taw DOWNTOWN FAYETTEVILLE STORES WILL BE OPEN MONDAY, MAY 27 MEMORIAL DAY Shop Downtown Fayetteville For A Better Selection And Bigger Bargains Sears 2 Days Only! Shop Sears Auto Center 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dairy Value Priced Crusaders With 4 Full Plies 6:00x13 Tubeless Bfeckwoll Crusader Plus $1.60 F.E.T. 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