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Halstead EMS Sees 33 Percent Increase Covering Sedgwick

Posted 5/25/2017

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Halstead EMS Director Andy Lowe updated Halstead city council on its service agreement with Sedgwick during Monday night’s council meeting. In late February, Halstead agreed to a temporary agreement with Sedgwick to provide EMS service from March through June as the city and county sought a long-term solution for Sedgwick’s EMS.

Lowe said responding to Sedgwick has increased his department’s call volume by about 33 percent in March and April, and he predicted May would be similar. He said this translates to 12-16 calls per month.

“It is putting some strain on equipment and staff, but we’re hoping Sedgwick’s getting things addressed,” he said. “I have not heard from them on anything yet, so I do not know the current status of the situation.” He added that he and City Administrator Ethan Reimer would be checking in with Sedgwick after June 1.

Lowe said his department is “pretty intent” on keeping the June 30 expiration date as stipulated by the agreement.

Council member Phil Adams asked Lowe if Newton EMS has been helping cover Sedgwick.

“Newton will back us to go down there if we’re busy,” Lowe answered. He explained that Newton EMS was down two ambulances at the time the agreement was made and while these have now been replaced, they are still down in staffing.

Lowe said Halstead EMS currently has about five volunteers, plus its full-time staff. In addition, Charles Womack and Guadalupe Espino are completing their paramedic certification, so they will soon both be able to put in more volunteer time than they could while in school.

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