06/06/12 101 W, 1 I - + 3 - 7 Changes Coming to Clayton EMS

Here's a News-Star story from last week about the coming change to Clayton EMS. On July 1, the 50 year-old agency will transition from independent to county control. The objective is long-term financial stability. In the process, the story notes, Clayton EMS employees will be required to reapply and the cadet program will be discontinued. Princeton EMS is making this change this year. This will leave only three communities with independent EMS agencies: 50-210, Four Oaks, and Selma. Included in the story is a nifty historical picture from 1974, courtesy of their historian Jason Thompson. Read the article.

Thanks for posting, Mike! I learned to drive a manual transmission on unit 48, the command post shown in the photo. I ended up going as much backward as forward and avoided every hill in town! The command post was state of the art for its time, having a VHF High, UHF, and CB radio on board, as well as maps (all with state road numbers, as the roads weren’t named at the time).
Jason Thompson (Email) - 06/06/12 - 17:19

As an update, Johnston County EMS recognized the importance of the cadet program, and has reinstated it. The third Cadet Academy will be held in September. A lot of EMS folks around Johnston County got their start in local cadet programs, and we have already had a couple of our current cadets transition to EMT and employee.
DJ - 06/23/14 - 21:00

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