By KEVIN NEVERS
The Chesterton Fire Department’s new ambulance officially went into service
at 8 p.m. Sunday.
So Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported to the Town Council at its meeting Monday
That ambulance is essentially a new vehicle, painted in CFD red and white,
and prominently identified and branded as a CFD vehicle. The motto
“Community Focused Partnership” is printed on the side of the ambulance,
between the Town of Chesterton’s logo and the Superior Ambulance Service’s
“It’s a very nice rig and I want to thank Superior again for stepping up and
working with us,” Orlich said.
On June 1 the contract between the town and Superior took effect, under
which Superior provides one advanced life support ambulance, on a 24/7/365
basis, staffs it with fully certified personnel--two per shift--and operates
it from the CFD station. Superior also provides a second ambulance, this one
operated from the Franciscan Alliance ER department on Indian Boundary Road.
Since June 1, Superior has been operating a temporary ambulance while the
permanent one was painted and striped.
Superior accepts Medicare and Medicaid on all claims for coverage and bills
third-party payers at its usual and customary rates for all services,
according to the contract.
In the event of Superior’s recovering gross receipts in excess of $450,000,
it will split those surplus receipts with the Town of Chesterton, “up to the
amount equal to a percentage of the town’s budgeted expenses which are
attributable to EMS during the time period.” That is to say, the town has an
opportunity to recoup the costs associated with EMS assists.
Later in the meeting, Member Jeff Trout, R-2nd, characterized the transition
into the contracted services as “seamless” and said that Superior “is
providing the service we intended to provide to residents.”
“Business/public partnership in action” is how Member Jim Ton, R-1st, put
“I think our response times are exactly what (Orlich) and his staff wanted,”
added Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th.