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Fire department and ambulance reports, Dec. 27

MOUND CITY – On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Linn County Commissioners hear reports from the fire department and ambulance services.

American Medical Response (AMR) Operation Supervisor Louis Aloi reported that previous week there had been 29 calls with 13 transports. He said now that the holidays and the icy weather conditions were over, there were eight calls and six transports on Monday.

Aloi told the commissioners that AMR has lost another emergency medical technician (EMT) to a job in the city for better pay and benefits and another one has put in for a leave of absence. The company is waiting to see if the paramedic who is on a leave will return.

The EMT and paramedic crisis continues but AMR is trying to be proactive and doing new hire academies every time we can to keep the seats filled,” said Aloi. “We are able to staff and we do have quite a few part-timers to fill it. We just wish there were more full-timers.”

Linn County Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported that there had been nine incidents last week for a yearly total of 547. He did not elaborate on what the incidents were.

Hegwald said that he had been working with County Clerk David Lamb to see if the fire department had enough in their budget to purchase needed equipment.

He presented the commissioners with three bids for eight sets (one set for each fire department) of cordless cut-off (quickie) saws and 12-inch chainsaws and chargers. He said they were easier to take care of and use than gasoline-powered saws. He said they had been trying out a demo model from Stihl and really liked it.

The commissioners approved a bid of $8,351 for Stihl saws from Coleman Hardware. Other bids were $9,015 for Milwaukee saws from Stainbrooks and $9,919 from the Internet for Husqvarna saws.

Hegwald said that the fire board had been pushing for a long time to go to the cordless.

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