City official reacts to ambulance service's progress

By Beau Ebenezer

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE Ill -- Rescue 33 has a new name and a new board of trustees, but one long-time city official is not happy with the progress made so far.

Representatives of Rescue 33 have announced their new name, Ambulance Rescue 33 and their new board, which came from a series of meetings aimed at getting the ambulance service reinstated.

Rescue 33 had its operating license revoked by the Peoria Area Emergency Medical Services last September.

As a result of the revocation, basic level services for Chillicothe are being handled by Peoria AMT.

Ambulance Rescue 33 is initially applying for reinstatement as 'basic life support' service, that does not require sophisticated medical therapy while in transit.

Chillicothe Mayor, Troy Childers Sr. said he is disappointed in the recent announcement, which does not give a complete list of the new board.

"They were supposed to have had all of their board members put together and now they lack one," said Mayor Childers. "I just wish they would finally get all of their stuff together at one time and have a meaningful press release to tell us what we are doing. We don't know and Chillicothe doesn't know. "

Ambulance Rescue 33 representatives said the new board is made up of people with a wide variety of professional and business backgrounds.

However, no members were able to be reached for comment Tuesday.

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