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Fayette EMS explains success during rural EMS crisis

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FAYETTE (KWWL) -

Many eastern Iowa Emergency Medical Service groups are facing a growing problem. The lack of volunteers is creating a headache for many departments. However there's a group in Iowa that is beating the odds.

The Fayette Volunteer EMS group is happy to have 19 members on their team, but it hasn't always been that way.

"There's times when we've only have five or six people active and in the day time that really makes it difficult to have enough for a crew," said Roger Post, Fayette Volunteer EMS. "Now we've got lots that are active and it's sure a relief when you have enough people."

Roger has been a volunteer for more than 30 years and he says he feels the pain of what other rural services are dealing with.

"We've been low on numbers, right now we are just blessed just staying constant with trying to get volunteers," said Roger.

Fayette EMS members say they are thankful they have the extra hands.

"We don't really have a schedule...if the pager goes off we show up," said Nate Post, Fayette Volunteer EMS. "Sometimes we have just two people show up because of what we have in town, other times we have 10 or 11 people show up."

The problem most rural EMS crews face is leaving their day jobs for calls.

"For us the lowest time of the day for numbers is maybe just during the day because we all have jobs we work and sometimes we can't get out of that job to come here and since we have so many numbers here we are able to make that work," said Nate.

Fayette EMS is hopeful the crisis rural EMS is facing will start to improve and volunteers will come forward.

"My hopes is that people just start to get more involved and if you're thinking about joining or being part of an ambulance service be like, 'hey, this might be my opportunity, I should probably do this now'," said Nate.

Fayette EMS says they get a lot of volunteers from area colleges and they never turn anyone away. They urge people to get certified and join their local EMS group.

We've done multiple stories on the rural EMS crisis, to view our latest story CLICK HERE.

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