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Richland County EMS Policy Scrutinized Following Death

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Earlier this week, Columbia Fire Department Chaplain Michael Bingham criticized a Richland County EMS policy stating that firefighters cannot drive ambulances and must wait for a replacement EMT.

Bingham referenced the death of 3-year-old Jaden Myers-Pugh as a reason why this policy needed to change. Myers-Pugh died back on Sept. 17 of swine flu complicated by sickle cell anemia according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

However, Watts says this policy isn’t why Myers-Pugh died. Columbia Mayor Bob Coble says he has asked to be briefed in council on Wednesday by the director of public safety on what it would take to change it. “From the surface you would think a firefighter is equipped to drive an ambulance,” said Coble. “If there is more we’ll certainly be briefed on it.”

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