St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 11 is suspending its ambulance service while an internal review of the program’s policies and procedures is conducted, Chief Johnny Leos said Friday.
The rural district, which serves about 9,000 people in the Pearl River area, will be served by Acadian Ambulance while the district’s ambulance service is suspended, Leos said.
Leos said he expects to have the service up and running in “about two weeks.”
Issues with the ambulance service came to light during a regular review of the program, Leos said, and he decided to suspend the service while the problems are corrected. At no time was the care of any patient questioned, he said.
St. Tammany Fire District No. 11 has about 20 firefighters manning its three stations, he said. Three full-time paramedics were assigned to the ambulance service. The paramedics also are certified as firefighters.
“They’ll be on the truck” while the ambulance service is suspended, Leos said.
“It’s no criminal thing. Nobody’s going to lose their job” because of the review and suspension, he said.
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