County doctor endorses fly car program

NORWICH – The fly car system is a proven success throughout New York state and a good start toward solving the county’s ambulance shortage, an experienced emergency medical official told the City of Norwich Common Council Tuesday.

Dr. Scott Cohen, the medical director of the county Department of Health and a physician on the city’s emergency medical squad, also told the council the fly car would eventually relieve some of the burden placed on Norwich’s EMS crew to handle an influx of calls after Superior Ambulance, a private company, cut back its coverage in the county in January.

“The fly car has been proven throughout the state,” said Cohen, who vouched for the program based on his experience as an EMS provider in the Albany area. “I think it’s a great start, and everyone involved realizes – this is just a start.”

Under the fly car system, county-employed paramedics would drive to emergency calls throughout the 21 townships and staff ambulances from volunteer departments that have been called to the scene.

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