high-quality emergency medical service to the Bennington
community since 1975
Began with a fire department van that had
a used cot and home-made cabinets
put inside and a red light put on the top.
In 1979, the Bennington community raised nearly $30,000 for the purchase of
a new ambulance; still in use in 2002.
Emergency medical service is provided to 1750 residents of the City of
Bennington and the surrounding rural area. That includes a total of 196
square miles. The following townships are included: all of Bennington,
Buckeye, Richland, Lincoln and Ottawa Townships, about half of Concord
Township and four sections in Culver Township.
The area extends from the Saline County Line north 12 miles to Limestone
Road (at the widest) and from the Dickinson County Line west 19 miles to
110th Road (at the widest point).
For help in any emergency, please call
911. Your call will go into the
dispatch center in the Sheriffs Office in Minneapolis. With the enhanced
911 system, the equipment will display your name, address and phone
number, even before you say a word. EMS attendants are notified on the fire
line as well as by portable radio. Mutual aid agreements are in place with
the Minneapolis Ambulance Service and with Salina Fire/EMS, which means
that assistance will be provided upon request.
Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services regulates all units and
agencies that provide EMS transportation in Kansas. The same regulations
apply to all ambulances services in Kansas regardless of whether they are
volunteer or full-time paid staff. All ambulances are inspected, as well as the
equipment they carry. Protocols, procedures and documentation have
become increasingly scrutinized lately.
EMS attendants complete extensive
initial training and must pass State and
National examinations before they are certified. They must also complete
continuing education to renew their certification. The continuing education
is provided by three local Training Officers. Dr. Woodall also helps with the
training as well as approving protocols and procedures.
Currently we have two fully equipped vehicles for use;
a 2000 Ford modular and a 2003 Ford Medtec
Bennington Ambulance Service has always
had a high degree of public
support. Donations and memorials have been a big part of the financial
support for many years. Donations and memorials are supplemented by
reimbursement of claims submitted to insurance and medicare.
the greatest amount of funds today comes from the mill levy that
was begun in 1995 by the Ottawa County Commissioners. The property tax
levy is currently at about 1.75 mills. This dependable source of revenue has
allowed the new garage to be built and a new ambulance to be bought without
resorting to fund-raising.
In 2003 a new Ford Medtec ambulance was added to the EMS.
|Current attendants||Starting year|
|Bob N. Boss||1994|
|Previous attendants||Starting year|