West Tisbury Backs Shared Funding for New Tri-Town Building
Will Sennott

West Tisbury selectmen agreed last week to back a shared funding concept for a new Tri-town ambulance headquarters in Chilmark.

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Chilmark Signs Agreement to Buy Property Next to Town Hall
Julia Wells

A property abutting the town hall could become the new headquarters for Tri-Town ambulance, if voters agree at the annual town meeting next spring.

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Change in Command for Tri-Town Ambulance
Alex Elvin
The ambulance service which provides EMS to the three up-Island towns is undergoing a change in leadership. Tri-Town chief Paul (Zeke) Wilkins has stepped down following a period of medical leave, while deputy chief Ben Retmier has been named acting chief.
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Chilmark Considers Safety Building Site
Alex Elvin
Picking up on efforts that began more than a decade ago, a committee in Chilmark is taking another stab at finding a location for a new fire station.
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Aquinnah Public Safety Day Celebrates Rescuers
Ivy Ashe
Although blue lights flashed at the Aquinnah police and fire station Saturday afternoon, there was no emergency. At Aquinnah's first ever public safety day, the biggest concern was whether the hamburger supply was low.
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Pool of Island Paramedics is Small and Getting Smaller
Ivy Ashe

As the summer season gains momentum, Vineyard emergency medical crews are working overtime and drawing from off-Island resources in order to meet an increased demand for service. Fewer paramedics are available this summer for ambulance calls, leading to increased cross-town efforts.

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Tribe Buys, Blesses New Tri-Town Ambulance

Chief medicine man Luther T. Madison blessed the latest ambulance of the tri-town fleet in a ceremony held on the lawn of the tribal administration building on Sept. 17. Present were tribal members, members of tribal council, tribal staff, tri-town emergency medical technicians, Aquinnah selectmen, Aquinnah fire chief Walter Delaney and Aquinnah police chief Randhi Belain.

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Tri-Town Chief Is Appointed Despite ER Doctor’s Concerns
Remy Tumin

Acting over strong objections from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital emergency room director, Chilmark selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Paul (Zeke) Wilkins as permanent chief of the Tri-Town Ambulance Service on Tuesday night.

Dr. Jeffrey Zack, director of the hospital ER, said he had reservations about whether the new chief had enough paramedic experience to be able to lead the squad that serves Chilmark, Aquinnah and West Tisbury.

“This is about providing quality care,” Dr. Zack told the selectmen.

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Rewrite of Tri-Town Pact Aims To Improve Ambulance Service
Remy Tumin

The Tri-Town Ambulance Service agreement will get a complete overhaul for the first time in 33 years, up-Island selectmen and ambulance committee members decided this week.

The rural ambulance service serves Aquinnah, West Tisbury and Chilmark. The original agreement for the service was written in 1978. In 1991 a large governance committee was established for the service, which some feel is too unwieldy.

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ER Director Cites Concerns About New Tri-Town Chief

Acting over the objection of the director of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital emergency room, Chilmark selectmen voted to appoint Paul (Zeke) Wilkins as permanent chief of the tri-town ambulance service on Tuesday night.

Dr. Jeffrey Zack expressed frank concerns about whether the new chief has enough experience to lead the rural ambulance squad that serves Chilmark, Aquinnah and West Tisbury.

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