Filling up is costing more than ever before for many police and fire departments, and even ambulance services.
Thanks to Joe Biden’s inept leadership and lack of action, the cost of gas is taking a toll on a vital service used during emergencies.
In fact, according to ambulance providers, responding to a medical emergency has never been so costly for ambulance services.
Ambulance providers that pay for their own fuel are the most impacted by high gas prices. It’s already hurting Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services Authority’s budget for fuel.
Greg Porter, the assistant director of the Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services Authority said:
“Our average fuel cost is about $50,000 a year, and we’re already approaching that coming into June for this year. So, we’ll be very close to a 50 to 75 percent increase in 2022 for our fuel expenses.”
Porter said he and his crew are limiting what they do outside of 911 calls.
Not just that even police departments have to change how they respond to every 911 call because of the surge in fuel prices:
Isabella County in Michigan was one of the many police departments that were heavily affected. Isabella County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook announcing changes in their routine due to exhausting “what funds were budgeted for fuel with several months to go before the budget reset.”
Here’s what Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main said in the post:
“I have instructed the deputies to attempt to manage whatever calls are acceptable over the phone. This would be non-in-progress calls, non-life-threatening calls, calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation…Any call that is in progress with active suspects will involve a response by the deputies. I want to assure the community that safety is our primary goal, and we will continue to respond to those types of calls.”
Also, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office made similar changes last month in response to rising gas prices.
Here’s what Lieutenant Bretton Ensfield told the radio station:
“Instead of having a deputy drive 20 miles to go take that complaint, the complaint may have to wait 10 to 15 minutes or so to have the closer car take the complaint, rather than have someone else driving to take the complaint.”
The continued rise in gas prices across the nation is beginning to impact the function of safety and response by those tasked to keep Americans safe.
As of Friday morning, according to AAA, gas prices across the nation have hit a record-high average of $4.99, nearly $2 higher than one year ago.
AAA showed Thursday that gas prices in Michigan had reached $5.214. While other states, like California, have seen prices reach higher than $7 per gallon.