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Busy year for Winthrop Ambulance

by Michael Mattison
Unfortunely, the Winthrop Ambulance was extremely busy last year and that trend has continued in 2024.
Ambulance Captain Ed Stoll said that from November 16, 2022, through November 15, 2023, the ambulance service went out on 264 calls.
Stoll said a typical year runs between 175 and 180 calls. “2023 was the busiest I’ve ever seen,” Stoll said.
It hasn’t lessened since then. He said that the service has been out on 56 calls since January 1, six of them having to use the back-up ambulance because the other was already out.
“If this pace keeps up, we will have over 400 calls,” he said.
The Winthrop crew has 21 active members with one pending retirement and one moving to resource.
They were fortunate to add three new members in the past year. Two are EMT/drivers and the other an EMT.
They currently have one person waiting to test as an EMT and one other currently taking the EMT classes.
Stoll said that the day shift has six members that cover Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-6 p.m. They requires at least two crew members per call.
There are four night shift crews consisting of 2-3 people. They are on call 6 p.m.-6 a.m.
Each crew covers one night a week, always the same night. Each crew also has one weekend per month.
The weekend shift runs from 6 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday.
The time committment for the crews is approximately 108 hours a month.
“We always need members,” Stoll said. “Our group is aging and retirements are inevitable. I would like to have an active crew of 25 people.”

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