Midlothian brings ambulance service in-house
August 16, 2013 7:28PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 10:03AM
After several decades of contracting out for ambulance services, the village of Midlothian is turning those duties over to its fire department, effective immediately, according to a press release issued Friday by Fire Chief Steve Hotwagner.
The Midlothian Village Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the measure, which followed months of investigation and a changeover in leadership in both the village administration and the Midlothian Fire Department, the release said.
The village had been using a private ambulance service to transport residents to area hospitals for decades, with the cost being billed to the individual who was served, the release said. Midlothian Fire Department personnel were responding to medical emergencies and providing basic life support care until the private service arrived, the release said, but some firefighters also were attending paramedic school and eventually left Midlothian to work for other fire departments as paramedics.
More than half of Midlothian firefighters now are certified paramedics and several are in paramedic school, the release said. The goal is to have all of them become paramedics, the release said.
“We are grateful to Mayor (Sharon) Rybak and to the village board for approving this change,” Hotwagner said in the release.