Emergency Ambulance Authority
The Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority created by the Hardy County Commission is a 15 member Board of Directors created by WV Code § 7-15 et seq. to provide Emergency Ambulance Service to Hardy County, West Virginia.
The Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority (HCEAA) is currently located in Baker, WV which is an excellent central location for Hardy County. Baker is 16 miles from Moorefield, 14 miles from Mathias, and 9 miles from Wardensville.
Presently, an EMS provider is staffed at this location from 6 AM until midnight, 7 days per week and is able to respond to all of the major areas of Hardy County in a reasonable amount of time, thus making it an ideal location for an EMS Station.
The emergency service building is equipped to be a fully functioning EMS Station, capable of housing multiple EMS vehicles as well as personnel. It is also capable of serving as a training facility. The building has also served many other purposes to the community in addition to providing a polling place during elections.
The building is currently owned by the Hardy County Commission and leased to the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority.
The Hardy County Commission passed an ordinance which concerns the imposition and collection of a Special Emergency Ambulance Service Fee, and is adopted under the authority of Chapter 7, Article 15, Section 17 of the West Virginia Code.
This ordinance is enacted for the purpose of establishing and maintaining an adequate emergency ambulance system within the geographic boundaries of Hardy County, West Virginia. An adequate emergency ambulance system is necessary to promote the health and welfare of the citizens of Hardy County. Emergency ambulance service is a public purpose and a responsibility of government for which public money may be spent.
At present, this fee is a uniform fee charged to each living unit to which ambulance service is made available.
All revenues received in accordance with this ordinance shall be deposited into a special fund to be known as the Special Emergency Ambulance Service Fee. These funds shall be used to pay reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred including personnel, building maintenance, equipment purchase and repair used in providing emergency ambulance service to residents of the county and others that might require such services. Such funds may be used to pay for, in whole or in part, the establishment, maintenance and operation of the authority. Funds not expended in a given Fiscal year will be maintained in the above Fund and may be used in subsequent Fiscal years as necessary.
Emergency Ambulance Authority Board of Directors
The Ambulance Authority Board of Directors consists of people with a wide knowledge of finance, business management, and emergency services. Their primary concern is the expeditious and effective delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the citizens of Hardy County.
Please contact the Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority for a meeting schedule. You may contact the President, Paul Lewis, by calling Office of Emergency Management at 304.530.0291. The meetings are open to the public and you must contact the President three days prior to the meeting to be placed on the agenda.
The Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority currently owns 2 Ambulances and two Chase Unit. One ambulance was fully funded and one partially with grant funds from the Rural HealthCare Authority. The Ambulances and Chase units are currently in operation and providing EMS in Hardy County West Virginia. The Ambulance Authority currently leases a Rescue Squad Building in Baker West Virginia.