Recently a flyer was sent out by a resident of the fire district regarding a vote coming up for a tax levy to support new ambulance services. Unfortunately, his mailing had a great deal of false information in it and it was designed to look like it was sent out by and endorsed by the fire district. First and for most, the flyer was not produced by or with the endorsement of the district. This material was created by an individual and contains no information provided by the fire district or other supporting agencies. Unfortunately much of the information is false and inflammatory. The corrected information is as follows:
It should also be made clear how a medical call actually progresses. The flyer hints that if you need medical assistance that an ambulance arrives and simply loads you up and takes you to a hospital. That isn't entirely true. Actually EMS personnel (either from the fire department or an ambulance) will typically assess a patient on scene and begin treatment prior to transport. This can include obtaining vital signs, delivering medications, obtaining medical history and information, using cardiac monitoring equipment, establishing IV access, dressing wounds, etc. This is done to assess the patient's illness and stabilize them for transport. Because of the excellent staff at Northern Piatt Co. Fire Protection District, this portion of patient care can be completed prior to the ambulance arrival, so patients can simply be transported with further care en-route to the hospital. This results in excellent patient care and the best possible outcomes given the distance patients must be transported to the hospital.
It needs to be known, the members of the Northern Piatt Co. Fire Protection District provide excellent patient care. The response and care provided by our ambulance service, Pro Ambulance is also second to none. The members of the fire department are not endorsing or condemning the proposed tax levy but simply making an effort to ensure anyone interested in this measure has all of the information needed to make and informed decision.