Village could lose its only ambulance service

Village could lose its only ambulance service

A central Illinois town is close to losing its only ambulance service.

The Moweaqua Community Ambulance Service is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run service.

It's running out of people to help.

Officials say they have less than half of the volunteers they had a decade ago.

The service will possibly have to close in March if they don't get more volunteers, said Paramedic Ed Spa.

The village also uses resources from surrounding communities.

"In the situation of life and death, very detrimental," Spa said. "Minutes can lead to life and death. CPR being performed as for two-three minutes by a family member, until we get there, as opposed to CPR being performed for 20 minutes."

There are not enough volunteers to support the service anymore because more and more people are working two to three part-time jobs and don't have the time or resources to volunteer the time needed to run an ambulance, Spa said.

If the ambulance closes by the end of March the community would have to rely on Decatur, Pana or Shelbyville for paramedics.

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