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September 24, 2013

Ambulance providers over the years

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Raleigh, although the state felt they were not qualified for an ambulance, went ahead and purchased one on their own. At that time they approached the Commissioners to help with the expense of running that ambulance. It took time, but eventually the county did subsidize not only Milroy but Todd’s and Raleigh too. Milroy and Raleigh sent about 14 people each to a course held at Rush Memorial for EMT’s. This class was paid for by the county and in the end produced 28 newly minted EMT personnel for the two departments. A few years after the service started Raleigh purchased a second unit because of requests from RMH for transfers. This would allow their community to have an ambulance available at all times and also transfer for RMH.

Milroy purchased their ambulance and the total cost to the county was $2,000 for radios and other required equipment for the unit not covered by the grant. Raleigh purchased an ambulance and their supplies and got their unit certified around the same time Milroy did and the county was in the ambulance business. At the time, even the colors of the ambulance were mandated, but that rapidly went by the wayside as more and more fire departments got in the ambulance business. And those fire departments had their own ideas as to colors for ambulances as well as fire trucks.

Over time, the county did subsidize all county units and gave the unit in Milroy to the Township allowing them to retain the monies generated by that ambulance as well as what the county put in the pot. Todd and Raleigh got on the band wagon and for some time that was the ambulance system in the county. Todd’s eventually decided the ambulance business was not something they cared to remain in and that left Rushville and the center of the county in a quandary as far as coverage is concerned. Numerous different companies attempted to run this for the county and in various ways, but all in the end got out of the ambulance business in Rush County.

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