2017-11-12 / News

Growing concern over ambulance response time

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – Chesaning Village Administrator Troy Feltman said the fire department and citizens have expressed concern about the response time for ambulance service in Chesaning.

During the Tuesday, Nov. 7 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Feltman explained that the contract with Mobile Medical Response is held at the county level, and the response times given for outlying areas are typically longer. He wants to know if the response times are longer than the contract allows.

“We should sit down and work this out,” Feltman said. He welcomed council members to sit in on the discussion.

President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. said, “We need to document as to how long it takes.”

Councilman Phil Larner, who sits on the fire board, said, “A couple of times we got an ambulance out of Gratiot County.”

After the meeting, Feltman said, “I don’t know that there’s a lot we can do, since we don’t hold the contract.” He explained that people think because there’s an ambulance base in the village, the response times should be relatively quick. The way the contracts are written, they may be within the required response time.

“Until we get data and understand the response time requirements of the contract, there’s not much we can do,” he said.

The Tri-County Citizen contacted MMR and spoke with director Jason MacDonald. MacDonald said he hadn’t heard about any particular complaints lately. He said they have a base located in Chesaning at the corner of M-57 (Broad Street) and Main.

He explained that units are moved to different locations within the county based upon time and demand. “We are meeting performance standards,” MacDonald said.

He asks that if people have complaints about individual instances, to contact him about those incidents and he will follow up.

MacDonald said, “We’re in compliance with the county contract.”

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