The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 01, 1978, Image 11
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, firyan envies CS
Ies Rescue squad needed
By MIKE FLEMING
Special to The Battalion
Anwld Smith and Bill Jones, two
usinessmeii from Houston, arrive
Bnjiin to attend a conference at
mis AbM Vniversity. Both men
tire to Smith’s room to go over a
aport they plan to present the next
Suddenly, Jones grabs his chest
nd collapses. Smith knew Jones
heart condition, so he quickly
icks up the Bryan-College Station
lephone directory. Horrified, he
nds two listings for ambulance
rvices, and one for College Sta-
Smith runs from the room and
:ross the parking lot to the main
lesk. In the confusion, he forgets
lis room number so he and a clerk
ish back to the room where the
lerk finally calls the ambulance.
When the ambulance arrives,
sues has died. The Emergency
ledical Technicians (EMT) say if
ey had arrived moments earlier,
mescould have been saved. Smith
left alone in his grief and wonders
hy there are two ambulance serv
es in Bryan-College Station.
He is not alone. A number of res-
leutsare pondering the same ques-
peroting an ambulance service
The above is fictional but it could
j itrue. The cities of Bryan and Col-
ge Station maintain separate am-
ilance services. The operation in
illege Station is financed by taxes
lile the Bryan service is operated
a private concern, Mid-Tex Am-
Operating service is expensive,
le ambulance equipment must be
jll-maintained and the emergency
tdical supplies stocked in the am-
lance are costly.
adding to the problem is the
man element. Occasionally a pa-
it can’t pay his bill. In College
tibn, taxpayers make up for de-
pients at the end of the year with
ix assessment. In Bryan, bad
ts are absorbed by the private
he owner of Mid-Tex ambulance
ice, Bill Thornal, recently asked
the Bryan City Council for subsidy
of $2,000 monthly to enable him to
continue emergency ambulance
service. He told the council it was
either the $2,000 or he would be
forced to cease operations.
Reluctantly, the city fathers came
up with the money. They say it is
only temporary. Bryan hopes to
come up with a new ambulance
How did the ambulance service
get into its present situation?
In 1974, the local funeral homes,
who at the time operated the area
emergency ambulance service, an
nounced they were going out of the
ambulance business. They cited the
rising cost of doing business as their
primary reason to curtail the serv
The College Station city council
opted to run their own ambulance
service. Bryan was approached by
William Sherrill of Waco, who oper
ated D.K. ambulance service in that
city. The city council gave Sherrill
the authority to operate an ambu
lance service in Bryan.
Sherrill operated his ambulance
service from a Bryan fire station.
After a short time, Sherrill moved to
Texas Avenue. He said the move
was completed to give his service a
centralized location. The firemen
said there were serious personality
clashed between the firemen and
the ambulance operators.
Shortly after Sherrill began oper
ation, Bill Thornal left his job as
sergeant on the Bryan police force,
to operate an ambulance service.
Despite his not being allowed to
provide emergency service, Thornal
existed on private non-emergency
calls and patient transfers.
Sherril continued to operate his
service for two years, but he went
out of business, apparently because
of financial reasons.
Thornal’s Mid-Tex ambulance
service petitioned the Bryan city
council to provide emergency serv
ice. The city leaders were delighted
that private enterprise would still
operate the service.
They were not thrilled recently
when Thornal asked for the $2,000
Instead they cast a curious glance
toward College Station and their
successful city-operated service.
ns of the
t to use
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United Press International
VS - The West is sticking to
losition to government control
irld news despite Soviet
is that in the West, freedom of
ess means nothing more than
im to promote war, racism,
;e and pornography,
iday, at the opening of the
week of the U.N. Educa-
Scientific and Cultural Or
ation general conference,
Britain and West Germany
rejection of a draft declaration
ning government supervision
press, radio and television,
th Hart, head of Britain’s del-
i to the conference, told the
tes from 146 countries, “We
bays ready to work for reason-
bmpromise, but I would pro-
that consideration (of the dec-
|n) be postponed. ”
ier in the day, Igor Zemakov,
deputy foreign minister and
of the U.S.S.R. delegation,
liberty in the West amounts to
|paid in the United States “300
aphic magazines are pub-
and hundreds of motion pic-
There are 300,000 minor
n in the pornographic indus-
ese unfortunate children do
iye long enough to reach the
akov did not say where he
btained his eyebrow-raising
ics. Instead he went on to say
that the western press is “always for
freedom. Freedom for what? Free
dom to trample on people?”
Britain’s Hart urged that instead
of a declaration turning the press
into a servant of government, UN
ESCO should work to stamp out il
literacy, to reconcile state subsidies
with freedom from state control and
to encourage rich countries to help
poor ones build up their mass
West German Foreign Minister
Hans Dietrich Genscher said infor
mation “can be used merely for sen
sationalism or to provide genuine in
formation. To want to solve this
problem by government control, or
worse still, by censorship, would be
a totally unsuitable way.”
In an oblique reply to the Soviet
delegate, Genscher added, “There
is not too much freedom of the press
in the world but too little.”
So far, College Station has re
fused to offer its sister city any con
College Station approached the
ambulance dilemma cautiously.
“When we anticipated the up
coming ambulance problem, I was
instructed to contact areas through
out the state to determine what
worked best,” says College Station
Fire Chief Douglas Landau. He says
his unofficial poll revealed the cur-
Today, College Station residents
possibly have the best
emergency service system in the
state. College Station Chief
Douglas Landau says.
rent trend of public-controlled am
bulance systems. When Landau
presented his findings to the Col
lege Station City Council, they
created the ambulance service
opeated by city taxes.
Today, College Station residents
possibly have the best emergency
service system in the state, Landau
said. Average response time is three
“Our crews are combined with
the fire department,” says Landau.
“The men rotate between fire duty
and ambulance duty,” he says.
Landau discovered that in some
areas of the state, friction developed
when firemen were housed with
ambulance personnel. Landau de
cided to combine the two tasks. He
says it has worked perfectly.
It has worked so well that Bryan
now wants to merge with the Col
lege Station group to provide serv
ice to both cities, plus the county.
City Manager North Bardell of
College Station doesn’t think it is a
“The trend in government these
days,” says Bardell, “is the one of
the smaller, the better.” Bardell
went on to say, “If we were to com
bine with Bryan and possibly Brazos
County, we would be going against
Bardell also said he feels the citi
zens of his city don’t want a com
bined ambulance service.
“I don’t feel the residents of Col
lege Station are willing to give up
one or two minutes of response
time, to enable Bryan to consolidate
ambulance service,” he says.
Acting City Manager of Bryan
Hubert Nelson says he thinks the
College Station ambulance service
is a good operation and he wants the
city of Bryan to be part of it.
“I think the ambulance service
should be operated on a county
wide level. The city dweller pays 70
percent of the county taxes. That’s
why I feel it’s better if the county
controls the ambulance system,”
Bardell says he favors a mutual
aide service. The fire departments
in the area operate with one and he
sees no reason why the ambulances
can’t do the same. But he adds, “I
don’t expect any combined ambu
lance service in the near future.”
The problem of dual ambulance
service still exists in Bryan-College
Station. Bryan wants to set up a
jointly operated system, while Col
lege Station wants to continue a
While Bryan may continue to
press for a single ambulance service.
College Station is expected to fight
any attempts to merge.
Dual ambulance service will be
the case in Bryan-College Station
for many years.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1978
POLITICAL FORUM: Presents Earl Butz, Former Secretary of Ag
riculture. Butz will speak on “Agriculture — Where Politics and
Economics Clash,” at 8 p.m. in Rudder Theater. Admission is 25
cents for students and 50 cents for non-students.
BAHA’I CLUB: Invites everyone for a free International Dance and
Food Festival at 7:30 p.m. in Room 231, MSC.
BRIDGE CLUB: There will be a bridge tournament in Room 212,
MSC at 7:15 p.m. Everybody is welcome to play.
ACT CLUB: Today’s meeting has been canceled. Members are urged
to attend the Earl Butz speech instead. The next meeting will be
Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 002, Reed McDonald Building.
MANAGEMENT SOCIETY: Will have a speaker on assertiveness
training. The coming field trip will be discussed at 8 p.m. in Room
MSC OUTDOOR RECREATION: Will have a seminar on
“Backpacking: Techniques and Equipment” at 7:30 p.m. in Room
401, Rudder Tower.
CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST: Will meet at 7 p.m. in Room
STUDENT GOVERNMENT: Is now accepting applications for any
position that might become vacant on University committees.
Please go by the Student Government Office, Room 216, MSC,
for applications. All applications must be turned in by 5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 13.
AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY Ernest Simmons from the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will speak at 7:30 p.m. in
Room 104, Nagle Hall.
LECTURE: The Department of Georgraphy presents Ben R. Fin
ney, who will talk on “Three Thousand Miles Without a Compass:
The Voyage of Hokule’A” at 4 p.m. in Room 340, Rudder Tower.
PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM: Will be held with John Linsley speaking
at 4 p.m. in Room 146, Physics Building.
PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM: Will be held with Pete Gunter
speaking at 4:30 p.m. in Room 502, Rudder Tower.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS: There will be a
panel discussion featuring four former students concerning careers
after graduation at 8 p.m. in Room 607, Rudder Tower.
COTTON BOWL REPRESENTATIVE: Applications for the 1979
Cotton Bowl representative from Texas A&M are available in
Room 221, MSC. Any female student who has completed one
semester at Texas A&M and has at least a 2.25 GPR is invited to
apply. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, in
the Student Activities Office. The selected applicant will repre
sent the University at the Cotton Bowl parade and post-season
football game in Dallas on New Year’s Day.
TENNIS: The women’s team will play the University of Houston
VOLLEYBALL: The women’s team will play in TAIAW State Tour
nament in Houston.
AGGIE CINEMA: “The Turning Point, ” a story of two women, one
of whom gave up a promising career as a ballerina, the other her
best friend who went on to become a great star, will be shown at 8
p.m. in Rudder Theater.
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Carter will not
meet with Begin
United Press International
WASHINGTON — President
Carter does not intend to meet with
Menachem Begin when the Israeli
prime minister visits the United
States later this week, the White
House said Tuesday.
Press secretary Jody Powell used
deliberate and unequivocal lan
guage to get that point across to re
porters at a midday briefing. The
president, said Powell, “is not going
to meet with Begin.
“There are no plans, nor have
there ever been, for the president to
meet the prime minister in New
York (where Begin will accept an
award from the Council of
Churches),” Powell said.
Carter and Begin have been at
odds over the last few days, and
have corresponded angrily on the
subject of Israel’s decision to expand
its settlements in occupied Arab
lands on the West Bank of the Jor
The president canceled a news
conference tentatively set for Tues
day so he might avoid public com
ment on the simmering dispute.
Asked why Carter will not see
Begin, Powell said, “There is no
particular reason for a meeting of
heads of state at this point. ”
UPI learned that Carter pre
viously planned to meet with Begin
during the latter’s visit. So failure to
set a meeting could be interpreted
as something of a diplomatic snub.
Powell also said Begin has re
sponded privately to Carter’s criti
cism of the Israeli settlement deci
sion, and that response “is being
On other topics, the press secre
tary declined to comment on the
declining value of the dollar on
world money markets, or the drop
in the stock market.
Carter was also meeting with
Crown Prince Reza of Iran, the son
of the shah, Tuesday. Powell said
the president would convey to the
shah his “support and warm wishes”
at a time of growing tensions in Iran.
As for the decision to scrub the
news conference, the reasons were
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