- Ambulance response times from Pro Ambulance coming from Champaign range from 15 to 25 minutes. The average is 20 minutes. Often times it is much closer to 15 minutes if they are running code. Many times the fire personnel will slow the ambulance down (called reducing to no code) for safety sake if the patient is stable.
- The fire district does have adequate staff to answer medical calls. Actually we have better medical staffing than most small departments in the area. Aside from 3 paramedics and 1 intermediate EMT we also have 2 basic EMTs with 2 more currently in school. Our firefighters are trained to provide basic first aid and CPR as well. According to our chief who has been with the department for 33 years and is a paramedic, we have only not been able to answer a call less than 5 times. That is an impressive record for an all volunteer service.
- The fire district operates as an ILS service or Intermediate Life Support. This means we have most of the same equipment and medications of a paramedic service. The ambulance service we use for transport, Pro Ambulance, is an ALS (advanced life support) service which means that every ambulance has at least 1 Paramedic on it and carries all equipment and medications allowed by the EMS system.
- The flyer states that recently the ambulance has taken over an hour and a half to arrive on scene. This is completely false. There NEVER has been such an incident.
- The maps used by the fire district are the best and most accurate available. They are produced by Piatt County. These maps have nothing to do with GPS systems which are based on commercial company maps not the information used by the fire district or county.
- Sangamon Township does get its ambulance service from Kirby Ambulance but it is stated in the flyer that response times are better than from Pro Ambulance. That is false. The average response time is similar.
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.