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SOMAC Will End 37-Year Service

The Southern Madison County Ambulance Corps has made the decision to cease EMS operations after 37 years of service to the community.

This is a joint statement from SOMAC, Madison County EMS and other community partners about the transition.

“The SOMAC Board of Directors announces its resolution to cease all ambulance operations on a date to be determined in collaboration with Madison County EMS,” said SOMAC Board of Directors President Morgan Larson. “We eagerly anticipate collaborating closely with Madison County EMS in the forthcoming weeks to establish a robust transition plan, addressing all operational and logistical intricacies. Our commitment to a smooth transition and maintaining the highest standards of care for the communities we serve remains unwavering.”

SOMAC is a Volunteer/Paid Hybrid not- for-profit organization that formed in June 1986 after the Community, Village, and Town of Hamilton were left without ambulance service. SOMAC is stationed in Hamilton and serves the towns of Hamilton and Lebanon including the villages of Hamilton, Earlville and the hamlet of Hubbardsville in the Southern Madison County area.

Madison County EMS, which was formed in February 2022 and began running ambulances in the Town of Sullivan in April 2023, will begin EMS coverage of the SOMAC district. The Southern Madison County area will not be without an ambulance service.

“Madison County EMS will work closely with SOMAC and our other community partners on a comprehensive transition plan,” said Madison County Emergency Management Director Dan Degear. “We want the community to know that Madison County EMS is dedicated to continuing a high level of care to Hamilton and Lebanon area. When you call 911 we will be there to answer your call. The only difference you will see is the graphics on the side of the ambulance.”

Madison County EMS is committed to serving the whole community, including the EMS needs of Community Memorial Hospital and of Colgate University.

Madison County EMS will be working with SOMAC employees and volunteers, Community Memorial Hospital, the Town of Hamilton, Town of Lebanon, and Colgate University on a seamless transition. ...

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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