Lack of volunteers forcing local ambulance service to cut back

DELAVAN, Ill. (WEEK) — A lack of people is forcing the all-volunteer Delavan Ambulance Service to cut back on its services and coverage area.

Delavan Ambulance Chief Sean Bluhm said the loss of seven veteran EMT’s last year, combined with declining volunteerism in general, is forcing the ambulance service to become non-transport only. Advanced Medical Transport has tentatively agreed to take over ambulance transport for 180 days until a permanent solution can be found, Bluhm said.

Bluhm said the service will now only be able to respond to calls within the Delavan Fire Protection District area, scaling back its coverage of southern Tazewell County.

“This could be taking effect as early as February 1st 2019. Please bear with us as we transition to this new role in community service,” said a post signed by Bluhm in a Facebook post to Delavan Ambulance’s page.

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