EMS funding discussed at Metro Council budget hearing

Posted by Kevin Kayse - e-mail

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – As the budget hearing continue before the Louisville Metro Council, Metro EMS found themselves in the hot seat on June 8.

Dr. Neal Richmond, director of Louisville Metro EMS, is requesting additional funding in the coming year. He says the cost of medication is going up and that they need to buy some new vehicles. Richmond is also hoping to create a paramedic academy.

According to Richmond, more than a dozen vehicles in the fleet currently have more than 250,000 miles on them.

The plan for the paramedic academy would be to partner with a private group or university to train more EMT's to be paramedics.

Budget hearings continue until June 23, when the council is expected to vote on the Mayor's budget.

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