Ill. fire department turns down request to help lift 700-pound woman
A Deputy Springfield Fire Chief said policy requires that requests to help lift, transfer or transport patients in non-emergencies be turned down
By Dean Olsen
The State Journal-Register
ROCKFORD, Ill. — A Rockford-area ambulance company owner is calling the Springfield Fire Department unprofessional and insensitive after the department refused to help the company's paramedics lift a 700-pound patient into her Springfield home after she was discharged from a northern Illinois hospital Friday.
"I was just stunned at that overall attitude," said Robert Esmond, owner of Mercy Ambulance Service in Loves Park. "To me, it's short-changing the citizens. There shouldn't be problems with agencies helping each other out."