MFL Ambulance Service holds open house
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The MFL Ambulance Service welcomed visitors to an open house Saturday, May 10. Despite rainy weather, attendees were able to check out the new ambulance, chat with the EMTs and pick up information about things like first aid and CPR and heart attack and stroke warning signs.
The ambulance service got its new ambulance Feb. 14 after fundraising since late last fall. Fully equipped, the ambulance cost $175,000, and the rescue squad is grateful to the individuals who contributed toward the purchase. Although the ambulance service usually replaces a unit every five years, crew chief Mary Bissell said they have been happy with their units, so the last replacement was in 2005.
Joking about their age, Bissell and fellow EMTs Jim Schellhorn and Karla Schrader said the new unit will be easier for personnel to get in and out of, while also offering a smoother ride.
While community members' financial contributions have been helpful, the EMTs said the MFL Ambulance Service is especially in need of more EMTs.
Bissell said the ambulance service makes an average of 222 calls each year. That's one roughly every 39 and a half hours. With 10 EMTs, six Farmersburg first responders and six drivers, more volunteers are needed to meet the demand.
If you are interested in becoming an EMT, contact a member of the MFL Ambulance Service or Northeast Iowa Community College to learn about getting enrolled in a program.