Springhill Fire Department to end first responder emergency medical services on Aug. 1
Social media post details struggles with finances, population decrease
SPRINGHILL, La. (KSLA) - On Tuesday, June 15, the Springhill Fire Department decided to end first responder emergency medical services as of Aug. 1.
In a Facebook post on Springhill Fire District 11, it says that the decision was not made lightly. The Board of Commissioners discussed the situation, but came to a conclusion that “must protect the fire department and its interests.”
According to the department, EMS and 24-hour coverage shift work was added to their response criteria on Oct. 1, 2019.
In September 2020, the department says they had to cut back from 24-hour coverage to 12-hour coverage due to budget restraints. Budget issues continued to be a problem 10 months after this and it was decided that the cut-backs would help save costs on medial supplies and wear and tear on equipment.
The department says all personnel working on duty were solely part time and no one lost a full-time job over the decision.
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