Do the math on ambulance service
|June 9, 2012
The management of Boundary Volunteer Ambulance
would like county commissioners and taxpayers to
purchase their business and enter into a long
term contract without showing anyone their
books. How can anyone make an informed decision
without knowing the numbers?
Commissioners would be remiss in their duties if
they blindly write a blank check. BVA attorney
stated the numbers are confidential. BVA stated
annual costs are $200,000.00 and they bring in
They want a taxpayer guaranteed income of
$350,000.00 for year one.
With our money BVA will buy land, build a state
of the art facility, buy brand spanking new
equipment and hire fulltime paid employees.
Wonder who those people would be? Would the
current hard working volunteers merely be
In order to operate 24/7, a minimum of six
employees per day (driver and EMT/Paramedic) for
five days. With two days off a week, you'd need
another six employees.
Then what happens if the ALS transport leaves
town for patient transport?
Do we hire more employees per shift, per day, so
in the event one team leaves town the other
covers? So now we need 12 employees per day to
Do the math. The rule of thumb is if you want
24/7 coverage, you need, at a minimum 24
employees, not to mention the added support
Want a peek at the future budget? Look at the
budget for the Sheriff's Department. After
reading the minutes for the Commissioners April
meeting, Commissioners should put the service
out to bid.