• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Ambulance, fire crews battle hot weather and COVID last week

Updated: Oct 5

MOUND CITY – American Medical Response (AMR) did not have a person in attendance at the Linn County Commission meeting on Monday, July 11, to report the numbers for the past week.

AMR Operations Manager Galen Anderson sent an email to County Clerk David Lamb writing that the other supervisors and himself were unable to attend. He reported that their transport volume had increased weekly. In the past seven days, there were 21 transports, making a total so far for July of 34 transports.

Anderson reported that several of the employees had become sick and tested positive with COVID over the weekend, so they are under a crunch for staffing but so far have been able to fill the openings due to several employees stepping up to help out.

Anderson said that AMR was making progress with recruiting and hiring to fill several of the open positions.

Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported that Linn County Rural Fire Department had been 15 runs the past week. Nine were EMS assists, two were aircraft standbys for the helicopter, one was a structure fire at 1650 and 1095 roads, two were good intent standbys, and one off-road vehicle fire. The total for the year is 294.

He explained to the commissioners that the good intent calls were standbys for fireworks at La Cygne and Blue Mound.

Hegwald told the commissioners that the structure fire was on a really hot day and a plenty of firefighters showed up. He said they were able to keep everybody cooled down and did not let anyone get too hot.

In an email later, Hegwald said that the structure fire was a large garage with living quarters. He said the firefighters did a great job of battling the blaze.

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