The best way to provide the citizens of Daleville with full time emergency rescue service was discussed at a second work session on the issue Aug. 16.
“We’ve been fortunate in Daleville over the years to have good (emergency rescue) volunteers, dedicated people who do a good job,” said Daleville City Councilman Allen Souders. “I didn’t realize until recently that we were in a position where we needed to go (full time) paid. I know there have been struggles back and forth over the years but I just wanted to say that our folks are good and have always responded to calls.”
Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton agreed, adding that “minutes make a difference in someone living or dying” as a primary reason for striving to obtain emergency rescue service for the city seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
“The city of Daleville is growing and it is time for the city to have a full time rescue squad,” Stayton said at the work session Aug. 1. “We need a faster emergency response available for our citizens.”
Two possible options the city could consider were to outsource emergency rescue operations to a private company specializing in such. A second option was for the city of Daleville to incorporate the rescue service into a city department and employrescue staff as city employees.
At the Aug. 1 work session Daleville City Councilman Jimmy Monk, who is on the Daleville Rescue Board, and Daleville Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief David Grubbs, who supervises the emergency rescue volunteers, asked the council to consider hiring rescue staff as city employees with city benefits to include state retirement.
The two presented a preliminary plan of what making the squad a city department would cost the city and were asked by the mayor to come back to the council with a more detailed cost analysis.
At the Aug. 1 meeting Daleville City Attorney Henry Steagall said that he had been researching the issue of a potential agreement with Enterprise Rescue Inc.
Steagall said that the Daleville Rescue Squad has had some difficulty responding to calls in the last few months. “That is what has triggered these discussions,” he said. “As you are seeing, not just in Daleville but everywhere, you just don’t have the number of volunteers you used to.”
Enterprise Rescue is an employee owned, non-profit service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a private company and not run by the city of Enterprise. The company provides Advanced Life Support for the cities of Level Plains, New Brockton, Elba and Enterprise and the surrounding communities.
At the work session Aug. 16, Enterprise Rescue Squad Capt. Anthony Cole outlined the services that his service with 85 employees, 10 ambulances