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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Times Recorder will produce a series of Zanesville 2021 stories looking at the challenges facing the city of Zanesville this year and what is being done to overcome them.

ZANESVILLE — After ValueCare notified the Muskingum County EMS Board that it would no longer respond to 911 emergency calls starting Sept. 1, the city has been left with two EMS services to respond to calls — Genesis HealthCare System’s Community Ambulance Service and the Zanesville Fire Department.

Zanesville Fire Department Chief Jeff Bell recently discussed the situation with Zanesville City Council’s public safety committee, suggesting the city consider looking at expanded fire-based EMS service…