Ill. FD once again offering EMS services after 4 years without

In November, the Mattoon Fire Department won a legal challenge that forced the city to reinstate the service which had been removed to save money


By Leila Merrill

CHARLESTON, Ill. — After four years without it, the Mattoon Fire Department includes EMS services once again as of Wednesday morning, WCIA reported.

In November, the department won a legal challenge that forced the city reinstate the service, which had been removed to save money.

“There is a little bit of cost with the purchase of ambulances and stuff, but for the money they generate, it offsets those costs,” said Mattoon Fire Captain Bart Owen.
“There is a little bit of cost with the purchase of ambulances and stuff, but for the money they generate, it offsets those costs,” said Mattoon Fire Captain Bart Owen. (Photo/Mattoon Fire Department)

The service works in rotation with a private service.

“It offsets the cost of the fire department for the city. So we provide a service with the same amount of employees,” Mattoon Fire Captain Bart Owen said. “There is a little bit of cost with the purchase of ambulances and stuff, but for the money they generate, it offsets those costs.”

The department used to hire firefighter-EMTs and train them to be paramedics. The new plan is for new hires to be certified paramedics when they are hired.

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