Archer, Iowa — The Archer Ambulance Service, which has been struggling to find volunteers since its director and two other volunteers resigned this past summer, will officially cease to exist as of December 31st.
Since this past June, ambulance calls in the Archer area have been handled through the Back-Up Subdivision Plan that has been in force since January, 2011. That plan saw ambulances from Sheldon, Primghar, and Sanborn answering calls in the Archer ambulance district.
O’Brien County Emergency Management Coordinator Jared Johnson, and Archer’s Interim Ambulance Director Kevin Miller, were on hand Monday evening when the Archer City Council met to discuss the ambulance issue. Johnson says that, since June, he and Miller have been trying to gauge the interest of Archer residents in joining the ambulance squad.
During Monday night’s meeting, the City Council voted, unanimously, to disband the ambulance service.
Archer’s mayor and council members told Johnson and Miller that they have received nothing but positive comments about the “professional” ambulance service provided to Archer by the Sheldon, Sanborn and Primghar squads since they began providing ambulance service to Archer this past June.
Johnson tells KIWA what will happen to the Archer Ambulance equipment, now that the group is disbanding.
He says there is one piece of equipment from the ambulance that will remain in Archer, the AED or Automatic Electronic Defibrillator.
Johnson says the only thing left to do to disband the group is the official letter that needs to be sent to the Iowa Department of Public Health, informing them that the Archer Ambulance Service will cease to exist as of December 31st.
Archer City Council Listen To Report From EMA Coordinator Jared Johnson, and Interim Ambulance Director Kevin Miller During Monday’s Council Meeting
County EMA Coordinator Jared Johnson (left), and Archer Ambulance Interim Director Kevin Miller At Monday’s Archer City Council Meeting