The City of Alton is moving forward with a plan to add ambulance service as part of the Alton Fire Department. The idea is to be able to raise up to $500,000 annual for city coffers through the service, and the city is currently working out details with the union to make that happen.
The Fire department already has firefighters licensed as EMT-Paramedics and EMT-Basics that respond to emergency calls but as of now they do not transport patients. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold tells the Big Z it is a large undertaking.
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A resolution to give the city approval to seek a line of credit for the purchase of three ambulances was laid over since the agreement with the union has not been worked out yet. The hope is to have the service up and running by April 1, 2017, with one ambulance based at each of the city's two firehouses.