Ludlow EMS coordinator speaks to Rotary Club

Carl Matteson and Barbara LeMire, LRC president. Photo provided

LUDLOW, Vt. – Carl Matteson, coordinator of the Ludlow Emergency Services, recently spoke to the Ludlow Rotary Club regarding the work of that group in providing ambulance services to the Ludlow, Cavendish, Proctorsville, and Plymouth communities. He noted that in the past year ambulance services were provided over 800 times.

In describing the areas services, he indicated that Ludlow represented the largest volume of calls. However, contrary to common beliefs, he indicated that winter ski season accidents were not the most frequent calls. Noting that the area serviced has seen a major increase in the “graying” of the areas population, service of non-skiing incidents represent the most frequent usage of the ambulance services.

Carl also stressed that from the 1990s through the past year, the EMS had been a totally self-funded organization, requiring no taxpayer support. However, with increased demand for the services and fewer volunteers to participate in the EMS, the cost of running the EMS was climbing while revenue supporting it was slowly declining.

LRC meets for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at DJ’s Restaurant. The LRC is small and is always looking to welcome new members. If you would like to attend a meeting and learn how you may Serve Humanity while enjoying the fun and fellowship of others, please contact any Rotarian or drop a note to Ludlow Rotary, P.O. Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

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