Rural Iowa EMS Programs in Crisis Mode: Ladage
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Call your local legislators.

That was the meat of the message presented by Bremer County Emergency Management Coordinator Kip Ladage at a town hall meeting in Waverly last(Wed) night about a growing crisis in EMS service. Translation: some people in rural areas no longer have it…are not even aware that they don’t… and the problem is getting worse, due to serious shortages of volunteers and funding.

Ladage says the first thing that needs to happen is for the state to designate emergency medical service as “essential."

About 75 people attended last(wed) night’s forum and one of them asked Ladage, an EMS with more than 30 years in the field, what he would do to increase state funding. He answered 5/8ths of a 1-cent sales tax increase, with the other 3/8ths already targeted for conservation.

Ladage says targeted state income taxes are another possible way to go…but in the end, it’s up to you and me. Again, it goes back to contacting your local state representatives & senators, and even your city council and county board members.

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