Mattoon City Council to possibly cut ambulance service

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MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - Tuesday the Mattoon City Council will discuss cutting the Fire Department's ambulance service.

The Council says city budget issues are a big reason the resolution came about. However, Kyle Gill, the Mattoon City Administrator, says another reason for the resolution is because it is a redundant service. There are two other private ambulance companies that service the Mattoon area. 

Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Services owned by Greg Jerdan says no matter what City Council decides, his company will continue to serve the community just like it has for the last over 80 years.

Bart Owen, Mattoon Fire Department Union Local 691 President, says the vote could hurt the community. He says prior to the Fire Department's ambulance service, Charleston Fire Department would come to the town 40 to 50 times a year to respond to emergencies. However, each time Charleston responds, the response time is around 20 minutes. Owen says he hopes City Council sees how this could negatively impact the community.

City Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Community members will have a chance to voice their opinions, and Gill is hopefully a decision will be reached by the end of the night.

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