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Furloughs affect ambulance services at Fort Stewart, HAAF

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WTOC has been getting a lot of feedback on the furloughs for some civilian workers now underway at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Folks are wondering how the furloughs will affect their medical needs, specifically with regards to the ambulance system.

Medical officials from Winn Army Community Hospital say ambulance employees will be furloughed, but it won't affect the health care folks receive.

"We operate three trucks here at Fort Stewart and one at Hunter Army Airfield," says Lt. Col. Jennifer Wiley, the chief of nursing and administration. "Our operational capacity will be reduced a little bit but we are still going to ensure that we have services continued."

The approximately 25 ambulance staff employees will be furloughed eight hours per week. At Fort Stewart, the post will minimize the impact by shifting resources and utilizing medics that have been loaned to them by the division.

At Hunter, folks will see a reduction in coverage Wednesday through Saturday between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., however, medical officials say during these shifts the post will rely on mutual aid for calls.

"They're located right outside the gate of Hunter Army Airfield. We don't anticipate any extended delays in response times. To the customer it should be transparent," says Wiley.

Wiley says Hunter receives an average of one call per day, and those calls are usually during the day time hours.

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