"Because of Edwardsville's growth and because of Maryville's growth, their call volume is going up," said Carl Walton, president of the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District (GCFPD) Board, at the board's meeting Wednesday night.
When, as Walton
said, Edwardsville's ambulance call volume increased to the point where service was affected, something had to give.
In the fall of 2003, Edwardsville EMS
notified the GCFPD
that effective March 1 of this year, it could no longer be the primary ambulance provider to the southern portion of the GCFPD area, citing delays in response time and an increasing percentage of calls coming from the GCFPD area.
At the same time, Maryville EMS which had served as backup to the Edwardsville service, was experiencing higher call volume, too.While able to provide backup service, Maryville wasn't interested in being the primary responder to the southern area.
After checking out several other ambulance providers, Walton
announced that arrangements had been made with Abbott Lifeforce Ambulance to provide primary response to the southern portion of the GCFPD
and to provide secondary service to the northern portion of the district.
has received word that the developer of Savannah Crossing subdivision will petition to have the entire subdivision annexed into the GCFPD
also said there is a small pocket of apartments near where Old Troy Road intersects with Cottonwood Road that is not in any fire district.He said he has contacted the owner of the apartments to let him know and inquire whether he would like to petition for the whole area to be annexed into GCFPD.
reported to the board about property between the Fire Department's monument and Dairy Queen.He
said the board was under the impression that an agreement was made with the village of Glen Carbon whereby the Fire District would grant three easements on its property at Station 2 and in exchange the village would deed the property next to the Dairy Queen to the Fire District.
"But, I told him, I've got news for you," Walton
suggested that the board get a surveyor to determine the exact boundaries of the Fire District's
property at Station 2.Besides, he
said, if the road is to be built, there should be no need for an easement to get to the water tower.