When it’s time to call the ambulance, how long will it take to get there, and how skilled will the crew be? “We’re looking at training standards, we’re looking at staffing standards, and how we can make sure that people in every part of Illinois, including remote, rural parts of Illinois, are served by ambulance services,” says Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
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Simon says what there is now is a “patchwork” of public, private, volunteer, and professional emergency medical service. Simon chairs the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, which has named the improvement of rural emergency medical services as a priority.