Nome’s ambulance department has a new arrangement with Norton Sound Health Corporation, a result of meetings and compromise between the NSHC administration and the City of Nome. It goes into effect May 1.
Before adjourning the meeting, multiple people present in Council Chambers weighed in on the memorandum of agreement between NVAD, the City, and NSHC. This new agreement officially begins on May 1st.
During tonight’s City Council meeting, former Nome Ambulance Chief Vickie Erickson is set to be honored for her service to the NVAD. A resolution up for a vote would approve a 2-year commitment and monthly stipend for her replacement, James West.
“Number one, I think that all emergency services in the City of Nome should be run by the City of Nome,” Tom Vaden said during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Councilman Stan Anderson suggested that Vaden attend a NSHC Board meeting and said, “I think the Board would love to hear from people like you and everyone else.”
Since 1999, Nome’s Volunteer Ambulance Department, the only ambulance service in town, has been overseen by the City. But now, another entity is considering operating their own ambulance service.
Without four Nome city councilmen present, a quorum could not be reached, and no ordinances or resolutions could be passed. Instead of a regular meeting, open discussion focused on NJUS labor contract negotiations and concerns about the City-run ambulance service losing money.
A City of Nome pickup truck was stolen Monday night, then found wrecked and abandoned Tuesday morning on the Kougarok Road. Currently, there are no known suspects.
No one was injured in the kitchen fire smoldering in the home of a Nome ambulance department volunteer, but the intense heat and smoke killed his dog while he was out on a call.
The shack next to the city’s ice skating rink will be partly demolished after an electrical fire on Wednesday night.
A small blaze ignited on Nome’s 3rd Avenue and Steadman Street Wednesday evening—damaging the gear room and warm-up shack next to the city’s ice skating rink.