The City of Forest City is hosting an Emergency Services Town Hall Meeting at NSB Bank (Community Room (In the back of the bank building) tonight at 7:00pm.
The public is encouraged to attend. The meeting will provide insights, levy break down and information regarding the current EMS system and plans after the levy. Discussion will be led by City Clerk/Administrator, Daisy Huffman.
Winnebago County Emergency Medical Services are at a critical point. Staffing in some locations in Winnebago County is one example. Paramedic Spencer Armstrong of the Forest City Ambulance Service confirmed that some volunteers are putting in 400 hours per month to cover the open shifts.
EMS volunteers are aging out of the program and very few are coming in behind them to replace them. One option is consolidation, possibly out of a Thompson hub in order to have better shift coverage. This may increase response times in Forest City where a large part of the population, business, and industry reside.
The meeting will be open to comments from the public.