ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOX) – A new ballot issue for the November election aims to help fund a fire department with life-saving tools.
Assistant Chief Steve Brown of Central County Fire and Rescue says half of the 6,000 calls the department makes each year are medical cases. He says it is becoming more and more important that departments have medication and advanced equipment to be able to save lives.
Right now, the department is only licensed to provide basic life support until an ambulance arrives. Proposition L, a 25 cent increase per $100 assessed evaluation, would allow Central County Fire and Rescue to buy advanced medical training and equipment as well as hire more personnel.
“The cost would be 25 cent increase in assessed tax evaluation, and basically would costs about $80 dollars a year to the average homeowner in our community,” Brown says.
Central County Fire and Rescue has 11 firefighter-paramedics right now but with the number of medical calls increasing each year and an aging population, they say they need more hands on deck.
If it passed, “Proposition L would allow us to be able to purchase the equipment, train additional firefighters and hire additional paramedic-firefighters so that we could provide this service,” Brown says.
To get the word out, Central County Fire and Rescue is hosting a series of dinners and open houses to answer questions about Proposition L. The next event is Wednesday afternoon at Fire Station #2 on McMenamy Road.
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