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Ambulance District looks at less spending in coming year

Friday, December 11, 2009

Looking ahead to next year, the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board of Directors looked at a conservative budget for the 2010 calendar year.

The proposed budget calls for $70,000 less spending next year. According to Office Manager Jeaneittia Pierce, the reduction is not as severe as it appears. The district had borrowed and paid back $40,000 in the current year. There is no need to borrow going into next year, Pierce said.

Cuts covering the remaining $30,000 reduction are spread across the budget. Pierce said the district is in good shape despite the economic downturn. Charges have brought in more revenue due to an increased emphasis on providing advanced life support service. The only major debt the district presently faces is its building, which will be paid off in 2020.

Board members took the budget home for study. Action is expected at the Dec. 12 meeting.

Crews made 202 runs in September, one less than in the previous year. In October, crews made 188 runs, 40 less than in 2008. Runs for the year total 2,089 and are down 16 percent from last year's pace.

More than 50 patients were taken both months to Cox Monett Hospital. Crews made 54 runs in September and 44 runs in October to Springfield hospitals. Four went to Joplin in September and seven in October. The Aurora and Cassville hospitals received 15 patients through the service in September and eight in October.

In September, crews turned over two runs to other services and picked up four. In October, crews had to ask for help from other services four times when both on-duty rigs were busy. Three calls were picked up from other services.

Board members talked about overtime pay during the meeting but took no action. During three pay periods in October the district paid for 506 hours of overtime, 320 of which were scheduled.

Andy McCaslin reported the district's education program has eight persons enrolled for an upcoming First Responders class. Two classes in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation were offered in November and one healthcare provider course.

The only employment change had Nick Mercer move into the position of an on-call paramedic.

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