NC county approves community paramedicine program after jump in 911 calls

BY: Guy Lucas / News-Topic, Lenoir, N.C. – EMS1

The county’s 911 calls rose by more than 2,500 in 2019 and officials hope to follow the example of another county that successfully reduced calls

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Caldwell County will create a program that seeks to divert some non-emergency cases away from the 911 and emergency health care systems.

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to approve Emergency Services Director Dino DiBernardi’s plan for a Community Paramedic Program. They also approved spending almost $80,000 to buy and outfit two SUVs for the program.

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