Tilton agrees to talks with Pro Ambulance

Kim Luttrell



Tilton trustees have agreed to enter into talks with Presence Pro Ambulance to allow them to provide Advanced Life Support services to Tilton and the surrounding area.

According to a representative of Presence Pro Ambulance, ALS is only able to be provided by a paramedic.

A paramedic is able to provide ALS services such as defibrillation, intubations, establish a central venous line, install a surgical airway and administer up to three medicines by an intravenous line.

These services are far more complex than the Basic Life Support services offered by emergency medical technicians that operate the Tilton Ambulance Service.

The Presence Pro Ambulance paramedic would be stationed at the fire station and would operate out of a separate vehicle than Tilton Ambulance personnel.

According to Presence Pro Ambulance the paramedics would work a 24-hour shift and since the paramedic would be already at the station, most likely would be the first on the scene to make the initial triage of the patient.

The paramedic would only intervene if ALS services are needed.  Routine medical issues would continue to be handled by Tilton Ambulance personnel.

Presence Pro Ambulance is also in discussion with Oakwood EMS for similar services.

If both Tilton and Oakwood agreed to the proposed plan, a paramedic would split time between the two communities.

According to Presence Pro Ambulance, the emergency travel time between the two communities is only nine minutes.

In other board action, trustees:

- Approved preliminary engineering and right-of-way improvements with the Illinois Department of Transportation totaling $3.4 million.  This is work necessary for the eventual removal of the interchange ramps for IL Route 1 and 14th Street with access being redirected to a new intersection at 16th Street.

- Approved a resolution that authorizes the village to negotiate for right-of-way acquisition for the proposed 16th Street intersection.  IDOT will provide up to $320,000 for right-of-way acquisition.

- Approved the 2017 motor fuel tax budget of $90,946.  This will include the summer seal coating of various village streets.  Gleisner Engineering of Danville is providing engineering services for this work.

- Approved a request from Casey’s General Store to allow the sale of distilled alcoholic beverages.  The store currently is allowed to sell only beer and wine.  Joe Buyno, area manager for Casey’s General Stores, told the board that the alcohol would be kept in a locked glass display case and that only the employee on duty would have access to the display case.  The case would be under continuous video surveillance.  Employees will receive additional training on how to handle the alcohol sales.  According to Buyno, the Casey’s General Stores in Hoopeston, Georgetown, Catlin and Rossville have already added these liquor display cases.  Additional stock would be kept in a locked storeroom in the back of the store.  Buyno said the store is undergoing remodeling including a 15-foot expansion as well as adding an area for submarine sandwich shop.  

Hired Corey Benschmeider as a full-time police officer.  This keeps the village police force at four full-time officers.

The Tilton village board will meet at 6 p.m. Apr. 20 at the municipal building.



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