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    Post Paramedic Training

    MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters are ready to start
    paramedic training in preparation for the Fire Department's
    submitting a proposal next April to provide long-term ambulance
    service for the area.
    The City Council agreed Tuesday to put an item on next week's
    council agenda to fund training for 15 firefighters. Estimated cost
    is $4,173 per firefighter for an overall cost of $62,595.
    Fire Chief Bob Platts told the council the training would
    require no overtime pay because firefighters have agreed to either
    receive the training during their working hours or to come in
    voluntarily on their own time.
    Platts said the training will be done through the Regional
    Health Education Center, an affiliate of Mercy Medical Center-North
    Iowa.
    City Administrator Tim Moerman said it was important for the
    council to consider the training now because new classes begin in
    November. The training takes 13 months.
    Platts said there are other benefits besides being in position
    to be the ambulance operator. He said the training will be helpful
    to firefighters called on to help in "confined space rescues" -
    situations where people are trapped in areas where they cannot get
    out without assistance.
    Also, said Platts, "47 percent of all firefighter deaths in the
    United States are heart attack related so having paramedics
    available is helpful there, too."

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    [QUOTE]The City Council agreed Tuesday to put an item on next week's
    council agenda to fund training for 15 firefighters. [QUOTE]

    Yup, it's a great deal....but I'm number 17 or 18 on that list. Oh well, someday I'll have some senority!

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    MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The City Council has approved funding
    for training 15 Mason City firefighters as paramedics in case the
    fire department takes over long-term ambulance service in North
    Iowa.
    The training will be done through the Regional Health Education
    Center at a cost of $4,173 per firefighter and an overall cost of
    $62,595. Fire Chief Bob Platts said firefighters will take the
    training during their working hours or will come in on their own to
    receive it, so there will be no overtime involved.
    The training lasts 13 months and the next session begins later
    this month, said City Administrator Tim Moerman.
    The training will help the fire department position itself as a
    potential provider of long-term ambulance service in North Iowa.
    Ambulance service became a concern in August when owners of
    Snell's Ambulance Service announced they might have to close
    because of changes in Medicare reimbursements. Snell's asked for
    government financial help.
    Officials decided to make short-range and long-range plans in
    case Snell's closed. After hearing proposals from Snell's and from
    Siouxland Paramedics, Sioux City, the short-term committee chose
    Snell's as the short-term provider. They are still deciding on
    long-term service.

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    Make it like Snell's,
    By JOHN SKIPPER, Of The Globe Gazette

    MASON CITY - The service level of Snell's Ambulance in Mason City is the model for others to emulate, long-term ambulance committee members said Tuesday night.

    The committee has the responsibility of recommending a long-range ambulance plan for Cerro Gordo and Worth counties and developing a request for proposals (RFP) to potential service providers.

    Merrill Meese, state EMS regional coordinator, said Snell's has 43 employees, most at the paramedic specialist level. It is the only ground transportation service in Cerro Gordo County. It serves Worth County, the only county in Iowa without a transport service, said Meese.

    Snell's has enough staff and equipment to man ambulances in Mason City, one in Clear Lake and have one on stand-by.

    Mason City Councilman John Jaszewski pointed out that Snell's also provides training to emergency crews in other towns, often free of charge, and replenishes their supplies.

    "If our current system is working well, shouldn't we build an RFP to meet that level?" asked Mason City Councilman Roger Bang.

    Paul Leavens, emergency services coordinator for Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, said, "I think this is what we should use to build our foundation."

    Meese said many communities have non-transport emergency services that depend on Snell's, among them Northwood, Joice, Grafton, Manly, Rockwell, Swaledale, Dougherty, Thornton, Meservey and Hanlontown.

    The committee agreed to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday each week for the next month and then periodically until the task is complete.

    Joe Myhre, facilitator for the committee, said once requests for proposals are sent out, the committee should expect to receive several responses. It will be the committee's job to make a recommendation on which proposal best serves the needs of Cerro Gordo and Worth counties.

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