Chillicothe area residents have asked if it is fair for the city of Chillicothe to decide the fate of Rescue 33 for its entire service area.
That question is now being looked into after a press release emerged Friday afternoon by Douglass A. Marshall, attorney for the Peoria Area EMS.
The press release is in its entirety below.
“The residents of Chillicothe and of northern Peoria County have raised valid concerns about who will be the ambulance provider for those areas.
“The problems which led to the permanent suspension of Rescue 33’s license were numerous and cannot be fixed by simply submitting a business plan to the Peoria Area Emergency Medical Services System (PAEMS).
“It is a lengthy process to review each point of Rescue 33’s business plan and application for reinstatement of its license. PAEMS needs to review the plan in detail, ensure that the plan and application remedy the problems which led to suspension, comply with State EMS regulations and the Standards and Policies of PAEMS, verify Rescue 33’s ability to meet such regulations, standards and policies, and determine whether or not Rescue 33 has the resources to do so. This review cannot be rushed in order to meet a decision timetable established by the City of Chillicothe.
"PAEMS does not have the authority to decide which ambulance provider a community may select. We are in the process of contacting the Peoria County State’s Attorney and the Peoria County Board to determine who has such authority. The City of Chillicothe can select an ambulance provider for the residents within the City of Chillicothe. For the unincorporated areas of Peoria County, it is likely that the Peoria County Board, or the respective Fire Protection Districts, has the authority to select an ambulance provider.