Dire situation continues for Buffalo Center Ambulance

More volunteers are urgently needed to keep the Buffalo Center Ambulance service going, and the City of Buffalo Center hopes new pay incentives will get people interested.

Ambulance members attended last week’s Buffalo Center City Council meeting to update the Council on their situation. Paramedic Joe Klukow says they don’t know how to get more people to help. Only three volunteer EMTs have been available lately to cover all the daytime hours, and they have also had trouble covering nights. He says some days they’ve resorted paying someone from out of town to come sit at the ambulance shed.

Volunteers are needed at all levels, including EMTs, first responders, paramedics, and drivers.

While the ambulance crew has been shorthanded for years, the need for help became even more pressing last summer when ambulance president and longtime volunteer Tom Holland stepped down due to his health. He passed away in November. Klukow says two other ambulance members have also been hospitalized recently.

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