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Weekend Rollover Strikes Conversation For BenCo Rural EMS

BENTON COUNTY, AR. ---- On Sunday, The Rogers Fire Department was called to a rural Benton County rollover accident. Everyone walked away with minor injuries, but it brings to light a bigger question: Who will pay for ambulance services when funds run out in March?
"Our firefighters face enough hard calls and we don't want inaction to be a source of more stress on what is already a stressful job"
BENTON COUNTY, AR. --- The city of Rogers sent its ambulances on Sunday to a rural Benton County accident. Seven cities make those rural runs, but they want to be reimbursed for those costs.

Although voters will be making the decision on February 11th, Rogers Fire Department Chief Tom Jenkins said fire fighters will feel the wake of the decision.

"We have to keep focus that there is a consequence here. There's nobody that's playing poker with people's lives," said Jenkins.

In 2013, Rogers Fire Department transported about 500 people from unincorporated parts of Benton County.

"Our firefighters face enough hard calls and we don't want inaction to be a source of more stress on what is already a stressful job," said Jenkins.

Jenkins said those on his staff want to help when others are in need.

"There is a lot of technology and a lot of skill that goes into the people and the units that are cruising the streets. To not be able to use that to save lives and to intervene when people are having their worst day? That's a nightmare," he said.

Sunday's accident only resulted in minor injuries. Jenkins knows this won't always be the case and said people will need his departments assistance.

"We are trying to please as many people as we can," said Jenkins. "The cold hard facts are it costs money to provide ambulance service and we're going to have to figure out a way that we balance it."


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