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Members of Ballston Spa ambulance squad: ‘These are different times’

— Ott said that Saratoga Hospital has EAP program and extended services and that got him thinking.

“EAP provides all kinds of assistance to people in need,” he said. “We used to have a peer group and people could call a member of the team and talk it out.”

Ott said he spoke to the County Administrators Group, which is made up of all the ambulance services in the county. The group settled on Capital EAP to provide the service because “it provided the best bang for the buck.” He is going one step further and reaching out to Halfmoon Supervisor Mindy Wormuth, who is head of the county’s Public Safety Committee. Ott feels if all county employees would get on board, it will make the rate go down.

Wormuth said she would be looking at the situation as chairwoman of the committee and will try to look at the best way to provide services.

“We want to support our volunteers as well as paid public safety workers in the best way we can,” she said. “I commend Ray for following through on this.”

The cost of EAP coverage within the ambulance corps department is $36 per employee and comes directly out of insurance, without any cost to the employee. Ott hopes if it is offered county wide, it could come out of the county budget.

“I want to make it available to everyone in the county,” said Ott. “I believe in it very strongly. I know the lives first responders live.”

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