Ambulance Board Adopts 2021 Budget
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By Martha Jane East
The Salt River Ambulance District Board met Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the ambulance base in Shelbyville. In addition to those attending in person, three of the board members attended by Zoom. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Phil Leatherman.
Kieth Pantaleo, Director, had prepared the figures for the 2021 budget as well as budgeted amounts and actual revenue and expenditures for 2020. The board members reviewed the report and voted to accept the proposed budget for 2021.
Pantaleo advised the board on the equipment the District had been able to purchase with CARES Act funding. This included 10 portable radios, a base radio, two dual band radios for trucks, a room sanitizer, two sanitizers for trucks and 12 pagers. Having this funding has been a big help,” said Pantaleo.
Keith Hewgley had prepared a printed report for the period of November through January 20 regarding training completed. During a Paramedic refresher course all SRAD Paramedics completed 48 hours of training to maintain their qualifications. A total of 480 training hours were conducted for this course which included in classroom, via Zoom and online training. Those attending completed a total of 731 continuing education hours via online training. Ten students were recertified in CPR/Basic Life support, Advanced Cardiac Life support and Pediatric Advanced Life support. Four of the students were from outside of the District. Operating equipment in vehicles was scheduled for the next SRAD training.
Pantaleo said the District should receive about the same amount of funding this year as last from the Ground Emergency Medical Transport (GEMT) program. This is a program to help districts in the rural area receive some additional funding for transporting Medicaid patients.
In Other Business:
• The board approved the minutes from the October meeting.
• The board reviewed and approved the October through December Financial Report.