ALTON — The city plans to begin an ambulance service from the Alton Fire Department by April 1.
According to a press release, the change is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to meet the needs of residents and business owners.
“Our purpose for beginning to provide an ambulance service from the Alton Fire Department is to assist in recovering some of the rising cost of fire and emergency services,” Mayor Brant Walker said in the release. “We want to avoid being faced with a situation where we need to raise the taxes of our citizens and business owners in order to maintain an adequate level of emergency response.”
The Alton Fire Department has firefighters licensed as EMT-paramedics and EMT-basics who respond to emergency medical calls but don’t transport patients to the emergency room because they do not have ambulances.
Two ambulances will be staffed each day: one at Station 1 on 20th Street and one at Station 2 on College Avenue. Each ambulance will be staffed with at least one EMT-paramedic and one EMT-basic, as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
An implementation plan has been developed by the fire department to keep the start date for the service on track.