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Quincy/Adams County Fire, EMS consolidation study released

Quincy/Adams County Fire, EMS consolidation study released

2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Report says current QFD stations are "in optimal areas for emergency response"

A study of possibly combining the Quincy Fire Department, Tri-Township Fire Protection District and the Adams County Ambulance Service says that the city's five stations are in optimal areas for response.  

That report, done earlier this year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, was released Thursday afternoon by Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning. The report says that the city's current stations are "in the optimal locations for emergency response." The IFCA does recommend that all QFD suppression/first responder units become Advanced Life Support capable to improve service delivery. The report recommends that the QFD and Tri-Township reach a cooperation response agreement, which they say would support performance and service level increases to the entire township area. That would include re-organizing each department's Area of Responsibility. The report says doing so would improve response times in Tri-Township by nearly two minutes. The report also recommends that the Adams County Ambulance Service move ambulance companies into Central and Quincy Fire Stations 3 and 4. The report says that would provide better service and coverage to the Quincy/Tri-Township area. The report also says that if all three services consolidate, they should consider future funding sources such as Emergency First Responder Service Fees, Non-Transport Fees or even a sales tax hike.

Henning has said that there are public meetings planned for this fall on any possible consolidation, which would have to be approved by voters.

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