As of July 1, Akron’s ambulance service was turned over to be run by the City of Akron and is officially called Akron EMS. Siouxland Paramedics, Inc., the prior provider, wished to terminate their contract June 30, stating it was no longer cost effective for them to operate under the present contract.
The City of Akron hired Shelly Stockstad-Erickson of Yankton, S.D., at a salary of $35,000 annually at their May 13 meeting. The hiring contract includes a six-month probationary period in which the Hiring Committee will monitor her progress.
Stockstad-Erickson reported that the ambulance service is now licensed and can run as Akron EMS. The Iowa Department of Public Health did the inspection and approved the license. According to Stockstad-Erickson, there will be no interruption of service provided by the ambulance.
Akron EMS will operate as it has in the past as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider, a higher level of emergency care. It means if a paramedic is on board, more can be performed for the patient without having to call for an assist.
Siouxland Paramedics, Inc., also transferred the two ambulances along with medical equipment (includes spine boards, stretcher, defibrillator, oxygen tanks, etc.), radios and pagers, and office and maintenance items (TVs, DVD player, computer, shredder, etc.) to Akron EMS. Akron EMS will remain at its present location for now which is 205 4th St., Akron.
Stockstad-Erickson said there are about 23 volunteers which includes drivers, EMTs, and medics. She reported they are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested, stop by the ambulance shed or call Stockstad-Erickson at 712-551-7173.
The new decals for the ambulance will be going on soon and a sign for the front is being made said Stockstad-Erickson.