The need for live-saving ambulance services in our Districts rose 39% in the last year. At the same time, fuel and operating costs have increased. Illinois’ new $15 per hour minimum wage law and the need to meet competitive wages for paramedics and EMTs, which allows us to retain experienced first-responders, has grown our payroll costs from $290,000 to $500,000 since the last referendum in 2008.
With other volunteer ambulance services closing their doors or having staff shortages, mutual aid calls have increased. Being only one of three full time ambulance services in Stephenson County Tri-District has added a second ambulance to meet the needs of increased calls. It’s critical that the Tri-District continues to be able to meet the health and safety needs of the residents in our Districts.
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