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Emergency Ambulance Service Continues to Shrink

A Growing Trend

THE PRESIDENT OF THE HECKTOWN (Pennsylvania) Volunteer Ambulance Corps announced last week that they squad would shut down after 51 years of service on March 15.  A state mandate requiring two paid emergency medical technicians at the station 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a drop in billable calls have led to the shutdown.  Last year, there were 455 billable calls and the corps would need 1,000 billable calls to make it financially feasible, he said.

Hecktown VAC website photo

The Lehigh Valley Express-Times has the full STORY.

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THE DELAVAN (Wisconsin) RESCUE SQUAD is going out of business at the end of March.  A backlog of more than $800,000 in unpaid bills for service is partly to blame along with a bad decision to build a new headquarters building that they couldn't afford.

Delavan Rescue Squad website photo

The Pierce County Herald has this STORY.

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