Coffee County EMS Has New Agreement with Tullahoma

Coffee County Ambulance director John Cathey and Ambulance Authority chairman Jimmie Bradford recently revised an agreement with the Tullahoma Fire Department by adding another category of medical emergencies for which the fire department’s first response team will be dispatched with the ambulance. While city officials were grateful for the change and unanimously accepted it, some feel that the addition is somewhat overdue, as well as inadequate. Tullahoma Fire Chief Richard Shasteen said this still leaves 20 other medical categories that EMS and the Ambulance Authority still will not include in the agreement. If the first responders are dispatched immediately with the ambulance, Shasteen said his crew could sometimes reach the scene several minutes before the ambulance arrives, and can begin CPR and other methods to stabilize the patient until the ambulance has time to get there.