No formal request yet on ALS

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

About 60 people, including two county commissioners, showed up Tuesday night at the Tommy Usher Center in Chiefland to hear what city officials had to say about why Chiefland needs Advanced Life Support status from the county.

Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris, after narrating a scenario acted out by firefighters, told the crowd that ALS status for the city would, ultimately, save lives.

"This is what we're trying to do to help," he said. "We're only trying to help."

ALS status, which would have to be granted by the county, would grant access for city paramedics to life-saving drugs and equipment that would help stabilize patients until they could be picked up by an ambulance, which are in short supply in Levy County.

"Remember, there's only one ambulance in Chiefland," he said. "When that one's gone, it's gone." The next closest ambulance, for now, would have to come from Bronson or Cedar Key, he said.

But the issue, and the main reason for trying to rally support at Tuesday's workshop, is because the county has not granted Chiefland non-transport ALS status.

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