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Rural Service Still In Limbo

AMBULANCE PAY DEBATE CONTINUES

Posted: September 3, 2012 at 4:36 a.m.

Springdale firefighters from Station 4 respond to a seizure call Aug. 31 at Hunt Elementary in Springdale. Springdale provides ambulance service to Lowell and Bethel Heights in Benton County, but those cities may get a new ambulance service depending on how Benton County officials decide to organize countywide ambulance coverage.

Benton County’s debate over rural ambulance service will not end before 2013, county officials agreed.

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Seems pretty simple to me: if you want emergency medical care, and can't afford to have somebody tote you to the ER to get it, move closer to the hospital.

To do otherwise would be close to socializing ambulance service, right?

Posted by: CaptainQuint

September 3, 2012 at 7:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Justice of the Peace Dan Douglas doubts there is enough public support for rural ambulance service to approve a sales tax or millage increase."

I'd say if Springdale, Bentonville and Rogers stopped sending their ambulances "public support" could be garnered pretty rapidly. I'm always amazed that people are willing to pay more taxes for parks and ball fields, but balk at paying for emergency services.

Posted by: superdave10

September 4, 2012 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )