“We’ve been online for a whole week and a couple of days now. We’ve had 38 calls which is about 25 percent higher than expected,” said Hilkey. “Forty percent of our calls have been ALS calls, and at least half-a-dozen times, we have had two or more ALS calls at once.”
Ambulance calls with ALS service include a paramedic onboard the vehicle to provide additional lifesaving techniques, drugs and to perform advanced procedures.
“We anticipate hiring more fulltime paramedics, but as of now, 80 percent of our staffing positions have been filled,” said Hilkey.
Future goals for the upgraded ambulance service include the pursuit of accreditation to become a training center for paramedics from Trigg County and other facilities in the area. Hilkey added that the ambulance service has assisted neighboring counties on a few calls, and anticipated additional cooperation.
Read about the upgraded ambulance service in March 21's Cadiz Record.