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Vote yes on 7E and 7F

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Dear Editor:

Accesses to critical, timely, emergency health care service in the North Fork Valley is threatened. The current funding model of the NFA is not sustainable. Regulatory demands, oversight and the ever-increasing cost of live saving equipment and training are undermining NFA's financial viability. The unique mountainous geography and the sparsely populated demographics of the North Fork Valley and surrounding area make the delivery of critical, timely emergency services efficiently, at a reasonable cost is incredibly challenging.

Our neighbors and partner, the Delta County Ambulance District is partially funded by 5.7 percent mill levy, allowing them to deliver quality emergency medical services. A full-time staffing model works because of the population density of the service area. A similar staffing model basing full-time crews in Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia would be cost prohibitive and consolidation would be likely. A no vote will/could have the same impact. Losing stationed crews in any of the cities will negatively impact access to timely, critical emergency services. The current community-based solution of part-time, on-call emergency responders, pre-positioned in the communities of Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Paonia is highly effective in delivering timely, emergency services to the North Fork and surrounding area.

Unfortunately, our current funding model cannot keep up with exponential growth in the cost of delivering of health care. We need your help. The North Fork Ambulance is your ambulance. You know us, you see us, we are your friends, we are your neighbors. A YES vote on 7E and 7F will help us to continue delivering the effective, timely, emergency medical response at that moment when you are most in need.

Marcus A. Roeder
Board of Directors
North Fork Ambulance

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