Ambulance budget to be discussed at public forum

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas. Photo by Daniel E. Alexander.

— “Although I feel that 24/7 coverage is very much needed, I believe that it is up to the taxpayers of the district to voice their opinions,” Supervisor Rick Nolan said. “I sincerely hope that all concerned would attend the Public Meeting.”

”24 hour coverage will give us the ability to not only have shorter response times, but also the ability to have Advanced Life Support EMT’s on the scene capable of administering a variety of drug and life saving interventions,” Bill Minogue, Chief of the Au Sable Forks Volunteer Ambulance Service, said. “Without 24 hour coverage, in many cases we would have to rely on Mutual Aid, therefore delaying ALS care. As call volumes continue to rise and volunteerism continues to decline as a result of busy schedules and mandates imposed on volunteers, I feel that 24/7 paid coverage is now a necessity.”

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