Ambulance to remain idle for now in east Alabama community
SMITHS STATION, Ala. (AP) – An eastern Alabama community’s emergency ambulance service has been suspended, though backers hope to bring it back at some point.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Smiths Station Fire and Rescue announced that they are being forced to suspend the service indefinitely. Fire officials cited a lack of funding and staffing shortages.
In a news release, the department said the shortages have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smith Station Deputy Chief Daniel Sexton said there was already a shortage of paramedics and EMTs before the pandemic, and the shortage has only gotten worse.
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2/8/2022 7:05:53 AM (GMT -6:00)