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Year-end ambulance report presented to Cass board

BACKUS — Longville Ambulance Service transported more patients in 2013 than projected and took in more revenue than their budget anticipated, Kevin Lee, North Ambulance area director said.

He gave a year-end report to Cass County commissioners Tuesday, noting some of the Longville service increase was due to the fact the service now makes more runs closer to Hackensack.

With upgraded tracking from the new county communications system, dispatchers can send either a Longville or Walker ambulance to Hackensack, depending which has an ambulance closer to the needed service site, Lee explained.

He reported advanced life support paramedics worked on every shift in 2013 even though the Longville service is licensed for only part-time advanced life support.

Longville transported 249 patients in 2013, up from 224 transported in 2012. The service took in $648,133 in 2013 and spent $543,133 for a $141,000 net margin.

Lee said the average margin over the last six years has been 11 percent, because some of the early years there was not a profitable. In 2012, several employees were on sick leave due to injuries and illness as well, he recalled.

North Ambulance has 9.1 full-time equivalent employees assigned to Longville service, Lee reported.

Cass County Probation department obtained board approval to switch electronic home monitoring services from Watchguard, which ceased to offer its services, to Digital Detention of Detroit Lakes.

Probation Director Jim Schneider said Digital is one of about three or four providers offering that service in Minnesota.

Cass commissioners approved reorganizing offices in the income maintenance division of Health, Human and Veterans Services (HHVS) building for a cost not to exceed $8,900.

They approved spending up to $6,650 to purchase equipment from the HHVS budget for digital equipment and a laptop that sheriff’s office personnel will use to carry out criminal investigations of social services benefit frauds.