EMS calls down in January
Marion County Emergency Medical Service was called into action 100 times in January, a decrease of about 5.7 percent compared to January 2011.
The largest portion of ambulance calls was medical emergencies with 29, followed by transfers, 22; no-transports, 15; standbys and falls, 9 each; cardiac emergencies and motor vehicle accidents, 7 each; and canceled calls, 2.
The Hillsboro ambulance was the busiest during the month, responding to 41 calls. Marion responded to 24; Peabody, 20; Tampa, 7; Florence, 6; and the backup unit, 2. Goessel First Response went on 4 calls, and Lincolnville First Response went on 2 calls.
Marion County EMS is planning joint training with dispatch and emergency management to take place at Marion Reservoir.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic external defibrillator training was conducted Tuesday in Goessel.
Emergency medical responder students will take their state practical exams Feb. 18 in Beloit.