Easton’s MSP medivac aviation unit at risk of closing, budget cuts
EASTON, Md. – Eastern Shore lawmakers say they’re fighting to keep the medivac aviation unit in Easton open amidst possible budget cuts.
Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes says during a discussion about the Maryland State Police budget, Governor Larry Hogan proposed closing the Trooper 6 medivac base. The argument to close the Easton base is that it doesn’t make as many essential trips as other bases.
However, the Speaker pro tempore and Delegate Johnny Mautz say medivac aviation is even more important on the Shore because the area doesn’t have as much emergency service infrastructure.
“I get emails on a daily basis from people who are concerned whose lives were saved because of Trooper 6 in particular and medivac in general. I talk to firefighters, police everyone is unified in trying to do whatever we can to protect our medivac network,” says Mautz.
Mautz says Trooper 6 has faced this problem in the past but there’s more urgency this year because the budget cuts are more drastic than before. Currently, lawmakers are advocating to include a public comment process before any changes are finalized.