Ambulances will staff football games at George Rogers Clark High School, but may not be available for other athletic events under a deal reached by city and school officials this week.
The staffing issue emerged in July, when Winchester Fire-EMS Chief Danny Castle reported that a recent surge in emergency calls has decreased the availability of on-duty crews to remain on standby at school sporting events. Instead, the department must call in personnel on overtime.
Castle estimated that staffing the games costs about $120 per hour — more than $8,200 each year — once wages, fuel and ambulance costs are totaled.
On Tuesday, the Clark County Board of Education approved a $2,500 payment to cover overtime wages for freshman, junior varsity and varsity football games at GRC and asked Winchester Fire-EMS to staff other games with an on-duty crew when possible.