KEYSER - Steve Rexrode, president of the Mineral County Ambulance Authority, asked the county commissioners on Tuesday evening to “overrule the vote taken” from the recent ambulance agency meeting dealing with a chase car.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Steve Rexrode, president of the Mineral County Ambulance Authority, asked the county commissioners on Tuesday evening to “overrule the vote taken” from the recent ambulance agency meeting dealing with a chase car.
The outcome of the vote taken at the mid-February ambulance authority meeting was 5 to 1, rejecting plans to put a chase car on the road under the direction of a contract with Valley Medical Transport.
For nearly six months, the subject of implementing a chase car was on the agenda during the meetings of the Mineral County Ambulance Authority.
The original plans showed the chase vehicle, to offer life support services, would be housed at the Short Gap Fire Department to cover the northern end of the county and to include Ridgeley and Fountain during the hours of 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Because of employment schedules of that area’s EMT staff, it is difficult to supply emergency services during the daytime hours.
Rexrode said the vote to reject the chase car and where to house it was something done “wrong for the citizens of Mineral County.”
He said during the voting process, four members and Valley Medical employees recused themselves, and two new members, being at their first meeting, indicated “they didn’t know what was going on.”
Rexrode said that a chase car was needed; however, “It can be parked anywhere, in Short Gap, Fort Ashby; it needs to be parked somewhere.”
Then he mentioned a fee of $1,000 would be charged to store the chase car at Fountain, with commission president Jerry Whisner explaining that the old Fountain Fire station was available for rent at that price.
Commissioner Roger Leatherman asked, “Can the chase car be moved around?”
Luke McKenzie, county OEM director, said that Hampshire County has a mobile unit which is parked at the 911 Center during the night.
Whisner added that a flexible place was needed for storage of the chase car.
He also said that the subject of having the vote overturned concerning the chase car and the location for storage taken during the regular February Ambulance Authority meeting will be on the agenda for the next county commission meeting