Delavan Rescue Squad set to close its doors
DELAVAN--The Delavan Rescue Squad is slated to close at the end of March, Delavan City Administrator Denise Pieroni said Monday.
Pieroni said city officials and the board of the private, nonprofit service are working to prevent the closing. She declined to go into specifics.
“We’re looking at some options, and they’re looking at some options, in terms of cooperation,” Pieroni said.
The rescue squad is committed to maintaining an ambulance with paramedic services until the end of March, she said.
A source with knowledge of the situation who asked not to be identified said about 20 of the squad’s paid staff were told Saturday that they were laid off, effective immediately, and services would be cut. The source told The Gazette that finances are the problem.
Cathy Mestan, who handles public relations for the rescue squad, said she’s hopeful board members and the city will find a solution. She declined to comment further.
Other Delavan Rescue Squad officials could not be reached for comment Monday.
The Delavan City Council is scheduled to discuss the rescue squad behind closed doors tonight. The item is not in open session because of “competitive or bargaining reasons,” according to the meeting notice.
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