Penrose EMS suspends service due to lack of staff

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:56 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Penrose Fire Department announced Thursday that Penrose EMS will be suspending ambulances services by July 4th.

In a post on social media, PFD says that they do not have enough staff to continue servicing the Penrose residential and surrounding areas. They’re also asking the community to refer people with an EMT certification or higher that may want to volunteer to keep the service available.

The post continues in saying that Penrose Emergency Medical Service has been servicing the area since 1974, but due to multiple reasons, they will no longer be able to continue.

Some of those reasons include a decline in volunteerism, an increasing volume of calls, and raised standards at the federal and state levels. PFD cites a decline in personnel that are, “no longer adequate to continue serve to the community.”

The post also issues a warning to residents in the area that they, “cannot assume that an ambulance will be available for a call to service.”

The organization says they will continue to search for ways to provide service again in the future, and hope that the community will support future efforts to bring back ambulatory services to the Penrose area.

Regrettably Penrose EMS will be suspending the ambulance service as of July 4th. We unfortunately don't have the staff...

Posted by Penrose Fire Department on Thursday, June 10, 2021

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