Barbour EMS earns perfect inspection score

Robert G. Jones, director of the Barbour County Emergency Squad Inc., recently received word from March A. Tucker Jr., director of EMS Programs for the West Virginia Office of EMS, that the squad obtained a perfect score during the recent on-site inspection.

Under state law, all ambulance services in West Virginia must be a licensed EMS agency. The license is obtained from information received during a day long, on site licensure inspection.

On July 14, Gail M. Dragoo, agency licensure inspector, visited the Barbour County Emergency Squad and inspected various areas of the squad and how it


The inspection consisted of reviewing several requirements including place of operation, operational policies and procedures, records, insurance, non-discrimination policies, public access, availability, communications, performance improvement, level of service, medical accountability, rapid response, public education, disaster capability, mutual aid, personnel, education and training, training officer’s program, financial stability and responsibility, facilities and equipment, accountability and stability and organization and


The local squad received 155 points out of a possible 155.

Participating in the inspection along with Jones were Dr. Cecil T. Holbert, agency medical director; J. Matthew Knotts, assistant director; Kris M. Jones, billing clerk; Brian E. Murphy, squad training officer; Tessa L. Hulver, supply officer; and David Summerfield, vehicle officer/building and grounds officer.

Several other staff members were also interviewed and the inspector also visited the Barbour County 911 Center. Since the Barbour County Emergency Squad Inc. scored above a 90 percent, the agency is considered an “A: rated agency by the Office of EMS and received a four-year license.

Jones was thrilled to learn of this achievement and stated this is the first perfect score the squad has ever received since on-site inspections began in the 1990s.

“I’m very proud of our members that work hard each and every day to provide the citizens of Barbour County with quality ambulance service,” Jones said; “One or two people can’t produce this kind of score, it takes a team to accomplish this task.”

Jones went on to say the squad recently added a sixth ambulance to its fleet, and they hope to have a seventh ambulance on the road in the very near future.

The squad recently ordered a new ambulance they should receive before winter.

Jones also expressed his appreciation to the citizens of Barbour County for their continued support of the squad’s efforts.