Letter to the editor: Put ambulance back in Advance 24 hours a day

Published 7:24 am Monday, February 21, 2022

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To the editor:
Alledgedly there has been some inappropriate behavior within the past several years at the Advance Fire Department involving fire and EMS personnel. This has only recently been revealed. As a result of the alleged behavior, the Advance-based ambulance is now located in Farmington for part of every day. This leaves Advance residents without advanced life support in case of an emergency for at least 12 hours per day, every day.
By relocating the ambulance Advance residents are now at least 10 additional minutes, maybe more, away from advanced life support than they would be if the ambulance was still physically located in Advance. This could be a life-changing 10-plus minutes. In fact, it could even be the difference in life and death in a situation where minutes, or even seconds, are crucial.
The ambulance itself and the Advance residents did not do anything inappropriate. Alledgedly the threat of additional inappropriate behavior has been removed from the Advance Fire Department. If that is true, then the simple solution to the current problem would be to return the ambulance to its’ rightful place in Advance 24 hours a day. There is no reason for the ambulance to be stationed anywhere else.
Mona Potts