Shutdown Rescue Squad Starting Over Again

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

The Mathias Baker Squad in West Virginia shut down unexpectedly.
Not only did it stop taking 9-1-1 calls, but other who relied on the group for transportation, like nursing homes, were stuck trying to figure out how to transport their patients.
Now, the doors are open again and if you call 9-1-1, your service is back.
The hall of the Mathias fire house is typically used for bingo.
But Thursday night, bingo cards, were replaced with notebooks.
Volunteers jotting down information about why the Mathias Baker rescue squad shut down.
"We received what we thought was sound legal advice that we needed to shut that organization down." said Alexander Santana, Vice-President of the board of directors
"This company has been in financial trouble for some time now." said Santana
Five board members resigned because of those financial problems, leading to the shutdown.
During the meeting, the questions got heated.
"Employees that have already worked, for their last time, can't get paid. That's what we're working on. Okay, that's what i'm asking you."
Santana says the rescue squad is starting all over again.
Since it's only using volunteers, non-emergency services are no longer available.
"i would apologize for what happened, but assure them that we are back in business." said Santana.
The rescue squad has reopened its Baker building.
Now money is a major issue and the squad basically has none.
The volunteers won't be reimbursed for anything they may have to buy.
The county is paying for gas.
The investigation has been turned over to the labor board.

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