Western Ambulance District to decide on ambulance purchase

Friday, December 18, 2009

By Kathryn Lucariello

Carroll County News

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Western Carroll County Ambulance District (WCCAD) board will meet Monday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Bank in Holiday Island to make decisions about purchasing an ambulance for use in Holiday Island and three Lifepak 15 units.

The ambulance will cost around $95,000, and each of the Lifepak 15s costs $35,000. The City of Eureka Springs will share in the cost of the latter.

WCCAD has been considering the legal ramifications of these purchases over the last several meetings.

WCCAD's charge is to contract for ambulance service and to fund equipment, supplies and training for Emergency Medical Responders within the district, paid for by a two-mill property tax. Incorporated cities such as Eureka Springs, which has its own city tax-funded service, are not included in the WCCAD district.

WCCAD contracts with the  City of Eureka Springs, however, for its ambulance service.

The district has been challenged with a lawsuit in the past over the tax funding ambulances that were used for residents in Eureka's city limits.

Whether WCCAD can or should partner with the city for the Lifepaks, which would be used both in the city limits and in the district, or with the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District, which would take ownership of the ambulance, will be under discussion and up for a vote at Monday's meeting.

The public is invited to attend. The bank is located at the corner of Ark. Hwy. 23 North and Parkwood Drive.

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