Ambulance Service May Be Sold

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

For close to a month the Leslie Community has done all it can to raise money.

"Right now we're looking at approximately $16,000 we've raised in the last two and a half weeks," said Don Vickers, Board Member of the Leslie Area Ambulance Service.

That's still no where close to the more than $80,000 the Leslie Area Ambulance Service is supposed to pay the IRS by November 15 to keep their service up and running.

"What we're hoping for is that they will waive the penalties and interest," said Vickers. "We're asking them to give us an extension until December 31st of this year."

There's a chance a shutdown could have been avoided. A firm made an offer to buy, or request for proposal, in October.

"Our concern at that time was that we had not given other surrounding areas a chance to make an offer," said Vickers. "We have sent out request for proposals to other services, giving them a chance to make an offer back to us."

Vickers wouldn't say which service made the offer, and added the Mason, Stockbridge, and Jackson Community Ambulance Services all have shown interest in the Leslie service. The Mason Ambulance Service declined an on camera interview, but says they were contacted for a potential sell. The others are still waiting for a phone call.

"We're very interested in helping them," said Joyce Williams of
the Jackson Community Ambulance Service. "We're just waiting on them to decide what they want to do. We expected to receive a request for proposal, but we haven't received anything from them."

EMT workers are preparing for the worst, some leaving their jobs not knowing their future.

The LAAS has contacted state legislators in hopes of waiving penalty charges and has also applied for legal assistance. If it is forced to sell, it will mean longer emergency response times for people in the Leslie Area.


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