When you call 911 for a medical emergency, seconds can make a difference. A new agreement between the City of Naperville and the Lisle-Woodridge fire district may mean a more budget conscious way for the two departments to provide emergency support on a moment’s notice.
The Naperville and Lisle-Woodridge Fire Departments say creating a shared ambulance unit helps both departments save money and actually provides better emergency coverage for residents.
“It’s basically a great opportunity for an inter-government relationship to cut costs and share resources because that’s something we’re all looking at right now… expenses and our budgets. This is a way to share our revenue and create better safety for our residents,” said Lisle Mayor Joseph Broda.
The combined ambulance unit pools staff from both departments and will serve residents who live East of Charles Avenue in Naperville and North of 75th Street, as well as two additional sections of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District.
The only difference residents might notice is a squad-car or a fire truck responding, instead of the ordinary ambulance.
Naperville’s Fire Chief said he does not “believe that this is going to hamper any of our response times and it is certainly not going to decrease any of our service levels.”
The shared ambulance unit will only be staffed and in service on days when the Naperville Fire Department and the Lisle-Woodridge fire departments have extra firefighters or paramedics. Each station will also rotate the use of its emergency vehicles.
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