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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Fire department, ambulance service report for the week

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

A county fire department crew works to put out a grass and brush fire west of Parker on Saturday, Aug. 13. The fire was reportedly started during hay baling operations. Scorching heat and drought conditions are creating conditions that can lead to brush fires. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

MOUND CITY – Linn County Fire Chief Randy Hegwald and American Medical Response operations manager Galen Anderson presented reports to the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 15.

Anderson reported that in the last seven days, 19 people were transported by ambulance bringing the total for August up to 37.

Anderson said that it appeared that the open Linn County Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) position and the two paramedic positions would be filled soon. He said a person was hired for the EMT position and had started training with the company. Offers had been made to two paramedics for the open positions.

Anderson reported that Linn County AMR paramedic Jeff Boyd had received an award for paramedic of the year at the Kansas EMS Association meeting this past weekend as well as Mary Glover, facilities supervisor from the Kansas City office.

Commissioner Danny McCullough asked if AMR was working with the STARS EMT training program at Pleasanton. Anderson said the company wasn’t, but he would look into it.

Next, Hegwald reported on fire service incidents during the past week. They included three EMS medical assists, two grass fires, one fire in a structure other than a building, one brush and grass fire mixture, one motor vehicle incident with injuries, one motor vehicle incident without injuries, one assist to assist police or governmental agency, one dispatch and canceled, and one alarm system sounded due to malfunction.

There have been 340 incidents to date for 2022.

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