City vows to keep its own EMS

Iola Council members want to return to a system used from 2009 to 2013, when it had dual ambulance services for both the city and county. The county voted to pursue a contract with American Medical Response, leaving the city to decide whether to join or go it alone.

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August 24, 2021 - 10:21 AM

Iola plans to go it alone.

City council members gave their full-throated support Monday night to protecting the jobs of Iola firefighters by creating a stand-alone ambulance service within city limits. The decision comes in response to Allen County commissioners ending a contract with Iola for EMS. 

The decision returns to a system used from 2009 to 2013, which was criticized for its duplication of services — two ambulance barns were three blocks from each other — as well as saddling Iola residents with the costs of supporting two ambulance services, the city’s and the county’s.

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