Putting together a new ambulance service is challenging enough. Future challenges for emergency medical services (EMS) may be even more daunting.
Bridget Edson is the chair of the Ambulance Advisory Committee, which is helping with recommendations on the startup of Chickasaw County’s new public ambulance within its new EMS department.
Edson told the Board of Supervisors this week she recently attended an EMS conference, where many providers were recruiting for help among growing financial concerns.
Edson also informed Supervisors that the first of the County’s new rigs is expected to arrive by December 15th and that their ambulance operation application has been received by the state.
Among items still to be addressed, Supervisor Jacob Hackman emphasized the importance of establishing service maps.
In action taken by the Board, they approved directing County Attorney David Laudner to draft a lease agreement with the City of New Hampton, to start January 1st, to house the County’s ambulances in the garages occupied by current provider, Jeremy McGrath and Chickasaw Ambulance Services. His contract ends December 31st.