Rescue 33 works on appeal and reassures community

By Audrey Williams

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill -- Officials with Rescue 33 in Chillicothe are working to reassure the community.

Tuesday Chillicothe's free and volunteer ambulance service had its license revoked for lagging response time and lack of staff.

In the meantime, Advanced Medical Transport is handling calls in that area. Rescue 33 Officials say since Tuesday calls have been down. They are hearing concerns that citizens may not trust AMT and want to reassure the community that AMT is stationed in area and ready to assist with reliable and professional emergency services.

If and when Rescue 33 gets their license reinstated they are working to restructure the service.

That will including looking at a variety of ways to properly finance and staff Rescue 33.

"There are a lot of financial options to be considered such as taxing, charge for calls, house fees, grants, donations and fundraisers. Since we are just starting the process, we cannot say what method or group of methods will be used," said Ron Hedden, president of Rescue 33.

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