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Ambulance board eyes upgrade of facility

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District voted to keep its officers and begin improvements on the entrance to its Monett facility during the April board meeting.

No election was necessary on April 6 as the incumbents were the only candidates to file. Mike Bennett, from District Two, representing the Purdy area, and Daryl Fenski, from District Five, representing the Pierce City area, returned to the seats. Bennett joined the board in 2008. Fenski has served since 2000.

Board members voted to keep the officers from last year. Fenski kept his position as chairman, and Marty Newman, from District Four in Monett, will continue as vice chairman. Both have held their offices for the past six years.

Financial decisions

Two contracts were approved to resurface the entrance to the ambulance facility at 307 Dairy St. in Monett. Richard Jones got the contract for excavation, and Robert Leavitt won the bid for concrete work. Both represent Pierce City companies. A ceiling of $8,500 was placed on the entire project.

Board members approved a contract with Monett Speedway, which charges the local entertainment venue a flat rate of $150 per event when ambulance crews are present on a stand-by basis. This is the second year for a flat year charge with the speedway. School districts, which receive stand-by service for football games, pay on an hourly basis.

A policy was adopted for use of credit cards. Vehicles have had credit cards in them for the purchase of fuel but no policy directing their use, said Office Manager Jeaneittia Pierce. According to the new policy, cards can only be used for district services. Employees cannot use the cards for personal needs and reimburse the district. Additional cards will now be kept by the office manager and operations manager for similar use.

Further study was deemed necessary for health insurance coverage. The district's current coverage with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield expires on June 15.

Activity reports

Crews made 228 runs in March, the highest total for the month since 2005. The total for the first quarter of 2010 is up 13 runs from the beginning of 2009.

Of the 173 runs involving patient transport, 45 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 79 went to Springfield hospitals, 19 went to Joplin hospitals, nine went to St. John's Hospital-- Cassville and eight were taken to St. John's Hospital-- Aurora. Crews took seven patients to nursing homes and three to helicopter landing zones.

Six runs were picked up for other services in March, resulting in two trips to Joplin, three to Aurora and one to Springfield. Eight calls were turned over to other services when both on-duty ambulances were busy on other calls.

Employee changes

Clay Pannell, Dustin Hall, Lee Flory and Kyle Ritter were hired by the board on an on-call basis. The district paid more than 560 hours of overtime over two pay periods in March. Of that total, 320 hours were scheduled for overtime pay.

Crews made a visit to a local Head Start center on March 22 to explain to children what ambulance crews do.

Education director Andy McCaslin reported teaching two CPR classes during March, resulting in 13 people receiving certification. Thirteen people also received certificates for completing first aid classes. McCaslin said five employees completed an in-house paramedic refresher class, resulting in 291 hours of continuing education credits for the staff.

McCaslin planned to hold a drivers training course for new hires and to recertify current staff members during April.



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