MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — The fire department’s ambulance service is no longer in operation. As of 7 am, Wednesday, private services are now handling all ambulance calls.
Firefighters are transferring advanced life support equipment from three former ambulances to three fire trucks for backup help if needed. It gives crews the ability to treat heart attacks, breathing difficulties, diabetes complications and other life-threatening health issues until paramedics arrive at the scene.
In July 2017, the city council voted to eliminate the fire department’s ambulance service since it duplicated work from private sector providers and was costing the city money.
The firefighter’s union disagreed stating the service generated revenue for the city and provided essential medical coverage for Mattoon.
City officials later set July 25 as the end date for the service. Dunn’s Ambulance and Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service now handle all calls for emergency medical services in the area.