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Report: Many Iowa counties have no full-time ambulance

A newspaper report uncovered nearly 430,000 people have no ambulance providing full-time, 24-hour service

By EMS1 Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa — Twenty-nine of Iowa’s 99 counties have no ambulance providing full-time service, KCCI reports.  The area serves nearly 430,000 people.

The Des Moines Register said an analysis from the Iowa Bureau of Emergency Medical Services indicated 14 counties also have four or fewer EMS agencies.

Brian Donaldson, director of Sumner Emergency Medical Services, said EMS is not required of cities and counties, and that the risk of a rural victim dying in a crash is 15 times greater than in urban areas, according to a 2007 study. 

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Jeremy Mcclaren Jeremy Mcclaren Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:11:07 AM I live in Rural NW Iowa and I know that there is a shortage of Vols. up here and when an idea is suggested it gets overlooked or even out right ignored.
Roland O'Leary Roland O'Leary Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:51:53 PM Uhh duh. And this is different from Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, or any number of other states how? Some of you people need to get heads out of the sand, and visit rule America sometime.

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