• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

County fire, ambulance report for May 23

MOUND CITY – Ambulance and fire call statistics and other business were reported to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, May 23.

Ambulance transports for the past week were 14 with 41transports so far for the month of May, according to Galen Anderson, operations director for American Medical Response (AMR), the county’s ambulance service.

Anderson said that AMR had hire a part-time paramedic for Linn County but they were still looking to fill a full-time emergency medical technician (EMT) position and a paramedic position.

Linn County Fire Chief Doug Barlet reported that there were eight incidents the past week, six medical assists, one motor vehicle accident non-injury, and one grass fire.

Barlet asked that the commissioners sign a document that commits the county to participate in the Regional Hazardous Mitigation Plan. Barlet said that by participating and signing the document, it would make the county eligible for some grant funds.

Barlet told the commissioners that he and Randy Hegwald, who has been hired to replace Barlet when he retires in July, were working together to put a bid together for the turnout gear. Barlet said it had been three years since they had put a bid together for that equipment, and they were getting the specs together for the bid.

Linn County Fire Board of Trustees Chair Eddie Anderson asked the commissioners if money could be spent out of the fire budget for a retirement party for Barlet at the end of June.

Anderson said that, since volunteers donate so much of their time, he thought it would be better if the costs were taken out of the fire budget. The commissioners agreed.

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