Iola’s city administrator says the city’s ambulance service continues moving in a positive direction, but staffing the fire and EMS departments remains a different story.
Carl Slaugh says the EMS had a year-end operating deficit of $288,000. However, he claims that sits $80,000 less than expected.
Slaugh believes that thanks to a new deal with the county, he can work towards making the EMS a more collaborative effort.
Regarding workforce, fire chief Tim Thyer says the EMS would benefit from five more employees