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AG awards $182,000 to help with local persistent 911 callers

Alison Dempsey-Hall | For The Vidette Attorney General Bob Ferguson hands a check for $182, 525 to Roy Walker, Executive Director for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.
Alison Dempsey-Hall | For The Vidette Attorney General Bob Ferguson hands a check for $182, 525 to Roy Walker, Executive Director for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.
Alison Dempsey-Hall | For The Vidette Attorney General Bob Ferguson (second from the left in the back row) stands with members of the Ocean Shores and Westport Fire departments along with county commissioners and members from the Olympic Area Agency on Aging. Ferguson delivered a check valued at more than $180,000 to be used from by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to help coastal fire departments.
Alison Dempsey-Hall | For The Vidette Attorney General Bob Ferguson (second from the left in the back row) stands with members of the Ocean Shores and Westport Fire departments along with county commissioners and members from the Olympic Area Agency on Aging. Ferguson delivered a check valued at more than $180,000 to be used from by the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to help coastal fire departments.

By Vidette Staff

MONTESANO — The Attorney General’s Office has granted $182,525 to the Olympic Area Agency on Aging to work with fire departments in Ocean Shores, Westport and Raymond in an effort to reduce the number of persistent 911 callers.

“We have worked with local EMS districts to provide better support for persons with disbailities in our community,” said Roy Walker, Executive Director for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging. “We have developed a program for referral of frequent 911 callers, who are calling 911 for a variety of reasons, maybe related to a fall, maybe related to other issues and often times are experiencing a significant amount of pain and injury as a result of falls that could potentially be avoided.”

Walker says that the state agency will add additional staff hours to do targeted intervention with the fire departments and, maybe, dip into the funds if a ramp needs to be added to a local home to reduce falls or for special medication management.

The goal is to work with people who call 911 frequently in an effort to stop the calls coming in and deal with the root of the issue as to why a senior might be falling consistently.

Attorney General Ferguson came to Montesano to hand the check over personally last week with a brief ceremony in the chambers of the Grays Harbor County commissioners.

Ferguson said that the funds come from a settlement from a lawsuit involving a large pharmaceutical company. Ferguson said he decided to deliver the funds personally because he wanted to get out of the office and meet the folks involved with the project.

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