WSMH FOX 66 on Facebook WSMH FOX 66 Twitter WSMH FOX 66 RSS Feed WSMH FOX 66 Mailing List
 

FOX 66 News at Ten

WSMH FOX 66 :: News - News at Ten - No ambulances at football games prompts questions
No ambulances at football games prompts questions

When a Flint Beecher football player went down with a neck injury last Friday night at Lake Fenton High School, Beecher coach and athletic director Courtney Hawkins said it took way too long for the ambulance to show up.

"Hopefully everyone learns from this, and there will be a better approach when a call comes in from a school saying we have an athlete down," said Hawkins.

And as TV5 did some digging, it was learned the responding ambulance was five miles away when they received the call.  It may be surprising for some who have played or watched high school football to hear there wasn't an ambulance at the field. But what you might not know is there's no rule that says there has to be.

"We leave it up to our schools, firmly believing they're going to do what's best, and the most, with what resources they have and what's available at the time," said Geoff Kimmerly, spokesman for the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Kimmerly said it has never been a mandate to have an ambulance at the game. So what has changed? According to some athletic directors from the area, in many instances, the ambulances seen at the games formerly were hometown community-funded services parked as a courtesy and free of charge. Many of those services have gone away, and privatized ambulance businesses have taken over. Joseph Karlichek is the chief operating officer at Stat EMS. He said he doesn't have the resources to park a rig at every game. If the schools want one, all they have to do is ask and be prepared to pay for it.

"It's really, it's their choice. It's the school's choice. And I think it's important for schools to value having medical teams on the football field," said Karlichek.

Karlichek said Stat EMS charges $60 an hour for an ambulance to sit at a game.

"Really, it's just there to cover our costs, to have that paramedic or EMT on that field for those three or four hours, and we think that's pretty fair considering referees are more than that charge or that customary charge," said Karlichek.

Another ambulance service told TV5 they charge $130 an hour. It's a fee that Hawkins said schools just can't afford.

"For us to be able to pay whatever the rate is, it won't happen here," said Hawkins.

The ambulance companies TV5 spoke with said when they are not on a run, they do stage near or at the football game but leave if an emergency call elsewhere is made.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

No ambulances at football games prompts questions

Monday, October 7 2013, 03:00 PM EDT

National News Headlines

Sigma Phi Epsilon questions allegations made in lawsuits filed in pledge's 2014 death
The legal counsel for a fraternity named in two lawsuits stemming from the death of a pledge at Clemson University says some of the allegations made against Sigma Phi Epsilon have not been substantiated.

Religious freedom Laws
In a story March 31 about laws known as Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, The Associated Press reported that Douglas Laycock, a constitutional scholar at the University of Virginia Law School, expressed frustration that gay rights advocates criticizing the Indiana version of the law did not acknowledge that the laws had never successfully been used to override non-discrimination statutes.

11 Atlanta educators convicted in vast cheating scandal; 'Very, very dangerous business'
Eleven former public school educators were convicted Wednesday for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams — one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S.

Mom of biracial man killed by white police officer says she trusts prosecutor to seek truth
The mother of a biracial man fatally shot by a white Wisconsin police officer said Wednesday that she's barely coping with her son's death but believes prosecutors will seek the truth as they review the case.

McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores
McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.

Disabled Canadian replica pirate ship towed to shipyard after crew rescued by Coast Guard
A disabled Canadian replica pirate ship whose nine crewmembers were rescued by the Coast Guard has been towed to a southern Maine shipyard.

3rd ID Soldiers to Deploy to Europe this Year in Response to Russia
The Army plans to deploy more soldiers to Eastern Europe this year in a show of force against Russian involvement in the Ukraine.,Soldiers with the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division in September will deploy to the region "to conduct exercises and response to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe," Gen. Dennis Via, head of Army Materiel Command, said during a conference on Wednesday in Huntsville, Ala.

Coroner: Man, woman bled to death in murder-suicide from wounds son blamed on chain saw
The deaths of a Philadelphia-area husband and wife found with gaping wounds that their son said were caused by a chain saw have been ruled a murder-suicide.

Detroit mother whose 2 children were dead found in freezer charged with murder, torture
A 35-year-old Detroit mother has been charged with murder after two of her children's bodies were found last week in a deep freezer in her apartment.

Lawyers for Durst: Arrest warrant invalid, FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room
Attorneys for millionaire Robert Durst, who faces a California murder charge, say Durst's arrest in New Orleans on weapons charges was invalid, in part because the FBI conducted an unlawful search of his hotel room.

News at Ten Stories

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix