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Published April 12, 2013, 04:17 PM

EMTs unhappy with treatment by ambulance service

Ambulance substations of Greenbush and Badger are fighting to break away from Tri-County Emergency Medical Services. Volunteer first responders in the towns have threatened to quit because because of a lack of communication and ill treatment by the service.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Ambulance substations of Greenbush and Badger are fighting to break away from Tri-County Emergency Medical Services. Volunteer first responders in the towns have threatened to quit because because of a lack of communication and ill treatment by the service.

We talked with one of the EMTs that has worked for the Tri-County Ambulance service for 15 years. Mary Stauffenecker says 17 of the 23 volunteers in Greenbush and Badger have threatened to quit because the relationship with Tri-County has become toxic and at times hostile. Local government officials are standing behind the substations and want to join the Life Care ambulance service out of Roseau. Because the Tri-County Ambulance board has refused to let the town out of the service contract the township is threatening to sue Tri-County.

Stauffenecker: "It would have been easier to walk away and quit a long time ago but we want to be here. We know our people, we know where they live and what their situations are and they know us and feel comfortable with us."

We tried to reach the administrator of the Tri-County Ambulance service for comment, but calls were not returned.

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