JAMESTOWN, SC (WCBD) — Bedbugs continue to burden a rural EMS station in Berkeley County. On Tuesday paramedics at the medic 6 station on Bee Drive returned to their building after it had to close for several weeks.
This was the third time the station was forced to close due to infestation according to Jamestown Rural Fire Department Chief David Shuler. He says he drove by the station on Monday and found nobody home. He said he was told it was closed for 3 weeks, maybe more.
Shuler says that he is concerned because the station houses the town’s only ambulance. When they relocate, the fire department is the closest EMS option, but he says their equipment is basic and not enough for advanced care.
In the past the station relocated as far away as Monck’s Corner, which means response times could be up to 45 minutes.
He thinks the county should do more to keep the pests away permanently, or build a new station.
News 2 reached out to Berkeley County about the issue, but did not hear back.