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Ambulance service to return to McLean

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McLean, Texas - McLean residents will once again have an ambulance service in their town.

The Gray County Commission voted unanimously this week to expand the Lefors Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, placing a substation in McLean. McLean has been without ambulance service for two years.

"You know the I-40, if people have an accident or wreck and need an ambulance response, emergency personnel, it was a long wait for somebody to respond. And like-wise for the residents of the city of McLean," Jeff Haley, Gray County Commissioner Precinct 4 says.

Haley was an advocate to bringing the service back to McLean. He says without the service in this area, Lefors, which is 22 miles away, has been relied on for service.

"It has put a stress on all the surrounding EMS's to cover that. It's just left a hole in the map for the other services to respond to, and they don't have the personnel. Lefors EMS is strictly an all volunteer, and they have a very low number of people on their roster. So, it was causing them to do a lot of work and a lot of response," Haley says.

Lefors Fire Chief, Sy Brown, says adding an ambulance substation to McLean will be beneficial to their department.

"It's been a pretty big strain because, like I said, we've got a call at 3 o'clock in the morning, we're a volunteer, we've got jobs. We've got to get up at three, go down there. Most of it we're looking at two to three hours. Then we've got to get up and do our normal job during the day," Brown says.

But it won't just be a burden lifted for those on the job. Residents in both Lefors and McLean can expect better service.

"It will be quicker response times. People traveling down I-40 through the panhandle will have help available quicker than having to wait 20 to 30 minutes for us to get there," Julie Sims, EMS Director says.

The McLean substation is expected to be up and running within the next two weeks.

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