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VeHaun gives his last EMS update report; given an award
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 14:03

From Staff Reports

A report on and transition plan for the offices of Buncombe County Emergency Management/Fire Marshall was presented to the Council of Independent Business Owners during its Dec. 6 breakfast meeting at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center.

Giving the report was Buncombe County EMS Director Jerry VeHaun, who is retiring after 48 years of working in various positions for the county. He remains Woodfin’s mayor, a post for which he is running unopposed for re-election.

Just prior to his presentation, CIBO gave VeHaun, a CIBO member, an award “in appreciation for his outstanding service.”

Regarding the county’s emergency management system, VeHaun said 144 people are involved “in this $15 million per year operation... EMS is biggest part, with 93 people... This year we’ll probably do right at 24,000 ambulance calls... That doesn’t include what Mission (hospital), etc., do. We probably have 50,000 ambulance calls per year in Buncombe County....”

As for the fire marshal’s office, he said, “This year, we’ll do about 10,000 fire inspections.”

Concerning his departure, effective Dec. 31, “I don’t know who’s going to replace me at this point. I’ve made my recommendation, but they’ve done a big search,” VeHaun said.



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