Rescue Squad Update

Plattsmouth Rescue rolling again.

It appears to be just days before that is the case again, at least on a limited basis until all the re-organization is in place. Some modifications to a contract with a professional ambulance service have been made, according to the mayor and fire chief.

The Cassgram reports the announcement from the dispatch center last Friday night that Plattsmouth Rescue was out of service until further notice caught most volunteers by surprise. An emergency city council meeting earlier that evening gave American Medical Response (AMR) rescue service a 90 day contract to handle all rescue calls. The resignations of three paramedics were pending at the time. Uncertainty about personnel availability on an already understaffed department prompted the council action.

Some rescue members felt “let down” by the city, said Fire Chief Bill Dudek, and that the action was taken too suddenly.

Two of those three paramedics have returned now and members want to make the calls again, said Dudek. That desire resulted in Plattsmouth re-talking contract points with AMR on Tuesday. The company agreed to work with the city.

All details have not been ironed out but Plattsmouth volunteers can serve as the first responders, said Dudek, and AMR will have a squad within minutes of Plattsmouth—somewhere in the Plattsmouth to La Platte area.

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