The public is invited Saturday to a commissioning ceremony for the Burns
Harbor Fire Departmentís new ALS ambulance, which will offer advanced
lifesaving response and transports to patients in need.
The event takes place at 9 a.m. at the Burns Harbor fire station, 308 Navajo
Trail west of the town hall.
Fire chief Bill Arney said a short program will precede central dispatch
designating the ALS ambulance in service. Medical supervision for the
paramedics on board will be through Porter Regional Hospital.
Representatives of Arcelor -Mittal and Praxair will attend the program;
local businesses donated about $50,000 to fund equipment purchases and other
related expenses for ALS ambulance start-up.
The Fire Department already operates a BLS ambulance that is equipped for
basic-life-support response/transport, but the Town Council wanted to offer
residents additional services. Porter Hospital ambulances respond to EMS
calls in Burns Harbor although, according to town officials, delays have
occurred and town rigs can respond faster.
The Chesterton Fire Department has proposed starting its own municipal ALS
ambulance service next spring.
Like Burns Harbor, user fees would be charged and both departments have
indicated if those fees donít cover operating costs during a trial period,
the respective services would end.
Also Saturday at the Burns Harbor fire station, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the
Fire Department will host its annual spaghetti dinner. Tickets --- $6 per
person, age 3 and under free --- are available at the door. Carry-out orders
are $1 extra.