• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Ambulance service receives national accreditation

Updated: Nov 16

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Nov. 7, the Linn County Commissioners heard the weekly reports from the fire and ambulance.

American Medical Response (AMR) Operations Supervisor Galen Anderson reported that there were 13 ambulance transports the first week of November.

Anderson told the commissioners that AMR had been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS), a nationwide accrediting body for ambulance services, for another three-year period. Anderson said there was only one other ambulance service in Kansas with that accreditation, and that was Sedgewick County EMS in Wichita.

Anderson said that AMR in Linn County still had a paramedic position opening.

Linn County Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported that there had been 12 calls the past week bringing the yearly total to 485. He did not break down what the calls were in the meeting.

He reported that a brush truck at the La Cygne station was down because a transfer case needed repair, and they were waiting on parts that are backordered. He said there was a pickup at the Pleasanton station that was just used for an administration vehicle.

Hegwald said he believed he had enough parts to make a skid unit to put in that truck, so if another truck like that goes down that truck can be moved to another station during grassfire season. That way the fire department would have a backup truck.

Hegwald said that the county was currently in a burn ban again and that would probably be extended through Wednesday because of the wind.

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