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By Cynthia Haggitt
One of the more common development initiatives that EMS agencies undertake is fundraising and on Friday, Oct 8, the Calhoun County Ambulance Association served up chili to raise money for the association.
This year’s event was held drive through style at the Batchtown City Hall Building. Amy Friedel said. “The modified format didn’t seem to impact the number of meals served.
“We have things that need to be updated every now and then, and that money’s got to come from somewhere, so on occasion we will have fundraisers like this.”
Friedel mentioned they just have just acquired new monitors and radios. They have also recently purchased new batteries for equipment.
“Unfortantely devices only last so long and we replaced them, but it costed us around $1600 to replace and that can get costly as equipment tends to break or wear out. So that’s something that this money might go towards. It depends on what comes up that it’s not allocated for in our budget.”
Friedel said the fundraiser ended serving with a total 11 and half roasters of chili.
“Our total profit was roughly $550 which was about half, since the cost of supplies have gone up since this past spring. Be on the lookout for the possibility of another fundraiser coming in the new year.”
In January Friedel mentioned they will be having a new EMT class starting up.
If anyone is interested in the class or is interested in joining the Calhoun Ambulance we are in need of volunteers! Anyone 18 years and older can take the class.” Friedel said. “Any questions on the class, please contact Wanda Blackwell at 618-576-2343.”