Rural parts of Illinois do not have adequate access to emergency medical services. That's the conclusion of a state panel assigned to study how the state can better serve its farm communities. After months of surveys and meeting with people around Illinois, officials from the Governor's Rural Affairs Council say they repeatedly heard from people worryied about "the fragile nature of rural EMS." Karen Poncin is with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.
Officials say all types of rural EMS are struggling, public and private, paid and volunteer. The Rural Affairs Council says it's looking at training and staffing standards. It's also looking at holding a rural EMS summit.
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