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State Could Shut Down Sedgwick EMS

Posted 2/9/2017

DIRECTOR of Emergency Services Jennifer Cisneros is stepping down at the end of the month. DIRECTOR of Emergency Services Jennifer Cisneros is stepping down at the end of the month. SEDGWICK—State regulators are eyeing the City of Sedgwick’s EMS department and it could face shut down.

Assistant EMS Director Mary Conrady said the department took a call from the state Tuesday morning.

At issue is the department’s staffing. “We have to send in a calendar at the first of every month to show that all shifts are covered,” Conrady said. “We have 14 open slots for February. The state told us they have never shut down a town’s EMS department before and Sedgwick could be the first.”

A special meeting was held Monday night by the EMS department, asking those on the roster to help get the slots filled. There are 11 volunteers on the current roster.

“We asked our people why they were not volunteering to fill the schedule,” Conrady said. “The mentality here is they want us to be taken over by another town, combining services.” She added that some of the longtime volunteers are fighting to keep the department open.

That lack of volunteers has led to the resignation of Director of Emergency Services, Jennifer Cisneros. Cisneros signed on to work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and take some evening and weekend shifts. Instead she has found herself working 130-140 hours per week.

“I am very sad,” Cisneros told City Council Monday night. “I think this body needs to be completely honest with the next person and tell them exactly what is going on in this town. I have had full support of the City and I feel I have fulfilled my role.”

Cisneros also told Council there are a number of people in the community that have the certification necessary to help the EMS department, but they will not volunteer locally.

“I ask that you as a governing body reach out to these individuals and try to get them on board,” Cisneros said. “I do not know if it’s issues with past administration or politics, or what it is. I am very disappointed.”

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