Rushville Republican


July 5, 2013

Council approves city ambulance service

In a 4 to 1 vote, the Rushville City Council approved a city-run ambulance service operated by the Rushville Fire Department expected to begin Jan. 1, 2014. Voting for the measure were Council president Bob Bridges and members Craig Smith, Brad Berkemeier and Brian Conner. Member Brian Sheehan voted nay.

RFD Chief Chuck Jenkins said, prior to the vote and in response to Council questions, “For me, it’s as simple as taking two of my firefighters and putting them in an ambulance.” The fire department already goes out on most ambulance runs and 12 firefighters are certified for basic EMT support; two are qualified for advance support. No additional manpower would be needed to provide basic life support services from an ambulance that would be added at RFD serving city residents with transport to RMH, according to Jenkins.

“The vote … moves the Rushville Fire Department one step closer to providing a quality, cost effective and efficient ambulance service to the citizens of Rushville by using cross-trained dual role firefighters/emts. The citizens of Rushville can expect the same quality service that has been provided to them since 1873. I am looking forward to moving this new service forward in the coming months,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins has visited a number of other fire departments who operate ambulance services throughout the discussion process and has been a proponent of the ambulance service being provided through the Rushville Fire Department for decades.

The revenues would be user-based and Chief Jenkins believes that in one year the city would realize net revenues of $50,000 conservatively.

A number of people who currently work for the ambulance service run by Rush Memorial Hospital were in attendance but did not offer any comment when asked by Council.

The vote follows approximately 18 months of discussions between city, county and hospital officials. While not all are in agreement, Mayor Pavey and other members stressed during the motion process that they intended to be open to continuing discussions with others impacted by the decision.

Text Only
  • 1 nws-rv042514-maggard arrest pic No Headline Provided GREENSBURG — A Rushville man who bonded out of the Decatur County Jail Monday afternoon after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 cash bond is facing serious charges related to an incident Saturday night in Greensburg in which he allegedly, among other

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • How to deal with nuisance wild animals Most people enjoy watching wildlife and sometimes even interacting with critters on occasion. One of my favorite activities is keeping the bird feeder well supplied and seeing Hoosier song birds up close and personal. Sometimes there are situations w

    April 22, 2014

  • Briefs Obituaries Marvin Cox, 67 Larry Dean Maupin, 68 Michael Tungate, 60 Thanks! The Rushville Republican thanks the following persons for their subscription to and support of this newspaper: John Owen Alan Amos Events Not-for-profits may submit upcoming

    April 22, 2014

  • 1 nws rv 042214 dark aisles Library continues 'It's overdue, renew' campaign Since the Rushville Public Library opened its doors in 1910, the library has been through changes. The original library was a two-room facility located in the county courthouse. In the late 1920's, a combination of public and private monies funded th

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 1 fd glenwood 042214 pic Improvements made to Glenwood Community Center Thanks in large part to a Rush County Community Foundation Grant (RCCFG), the Glenwood Community Center recently had new windows installed. The center was built in 1970 and has served the rural community since that time as a meeting site for the town

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1 fd comms 042214 pic 'Chicken Ordinance' returned to BZA unsigned Meeting for the second time in their new home, the Assembly Room of the county courthouse, the county commissioners needed the additional space as a result of the number of those in attendance Monday. A number of those on hand came to voice their con

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2 nws-rv-042214-Mohr candidacy pic Gerald Mohr announces candidacy for County Council District One Gerald Mohr is married to Anita (Smith) Mohr and they are parents to Brian (Katie) Mohr and Brett (Andrea) Mohr. They are proud grandparents to Hailey, Spencer, Carter and Asha Mohr. Gerald started his career in Rush County upon graduation from India

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meal time request, 'May I be excused from the table please?' In a day and age filled with fast food dining and other meals consumed on the living room coffee table, I grew up in a different time. My mother and father were rigid about a number of things, but few things had my attention more than at meal times.

    April 22, 2014

  • sch-rv041814-school lunch pic More than half of local students get lunch assistance The share of students at Greensburg Community Schools who get free and reduced lunches has spiked by about a third in the last five years. Fifty-one percent of Greensburg students get help through the federal school lunch program, according to the In

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Purdue events calendar Events in this calendar, plus many others, are listed in Purdue's online calendar at ENTERTAINMENT • April 17. 7:30 p.m. Loeb Playhouse. Brad Mehldau jazz piano trio, presented by Purdue Convocations. Ticket holders are in

    April 18, 2014