May 25, 2019
On April 1, the ambulance fleet at the Belton Fire Department was temporarily reduced from 2 to 1, a decision made only after much deliberation.
A major factor that was considered was the well being of firefighters and their families. Fire Department staff, particularly skilled EMS employees, had been logging overtime for several months and expressed to management a desire for relief. The overtime was necessary due to a staffing shortage, which continues despite multiple hiring processes.
To assure that ambulance service continued unabated in Belton arrangements have been made with other local professional ambulance services, AMR and Acadian, to provide backup coverage. These private companies continue to act in that capacity here in Belton.
City administrators have been tracking the impact of the fleet reduction and plan to review progress in July.