To: Jasper Co. Commissioners
From: James Gregory
Ref: Mike Benton and Jarrett Slocumb
First of all I appreciate the opportunity to work for Jasper County EMS. It is so important for rural counties to have a very good EMS.
I know that it was the plan to combine Fire and EMS but that is not an easy task. Most EMTs are in the profession and are not interested in or have time to pursue Fire training. I have found that most Fire based EMTs and Paramedics, have had little to no experience on an ambulance. This is the case with most cross trained medics. However it can be done when you have paid firemen to combine with. Jasper County only has Jarett Slocumb.
I have for the last 6 months tried to get Mike Benton to answer the question “who is in charge?” He would not answer the question. I have requested a meeting with at least 2 commissioners and this never happened. But, yet Mike Benton has had meetings with my paramedics and has listened to their ideas without my knowledge. I found out after their meetings that they met. The Chain of Command means nothing to Mr. Benton and Jarrett Slocumb.
Jarrett Slocumb has been insubordinate for the last year and on several occasions made the EMS employees feel they were working in a hostile workplace. One employee filed a hostile workplace complaint against Jarrett but Mr. Benton never acted on it. There were people in your county and that work with the State that warned me that Jarrett was like this, but I thought I knew Jarrett well enough to work together. I was definitely wrong! Jarrett has stated many times “This is a Fire Dept. Not an EMS”.
When Jarrett moved into the new offices (on a weekend), he cut off our phone and internet and moved them to the new offices. When I went to move in my office, Jarett had already made it a storage room! He told me if I did not like it that I could carry myself back to the other side. I DID! We tried to hook up the internet wireless but it will only pickup if conditions are good. With no steady or good internet, EMS could NOT send the Patient Care Reports to the EMS Billing office, this delayed billing and money that needed to be collected. I could not operate without these services and neither could my medics trying to send the reports to billing.
This is why I resigned my position yesterday and think it is impossible for your Emergency Services to progress under the current Fire Chief. You will upset their Social Club!
Jasper County deserves a whole lot better than the current Manager and Fire Chief.
Again thanks for the opportunity to try and serve Jasper County Citizens.