Here is an email received by Schilli employee Lou Wilkinson.
I urge all of you to contact your elected representatives to support this.
The status of volunteerism is deplorable. we have 5 EMTs that try to cover our town's needs, 2 at a time, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. On top of that, we're starting to get a significant number of support calls to go to Rensselaer and support the paid ambulance service.
Anything making volunteering more attractive or helpful to young people, just starting out, aids everyone involved.
So please, take a minute, drop your elected reps a line, an email, a web comment....
You can find your local rep here -> http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
And there should be a link to the reps "contact me" site....2 minutes is all it will take.
And it could be you needing the ambulance or your house burning next time. Do what you can to ease your own suffering here.
Here's my short message to Congressman Rokita:
I urge you to support HR 343.
In our small town, EMS and Fire are, exclusively, volunteers. We have only 5 EMTs that try, 2 at a time, to support our community 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Anything to make volunteering more attractive to young people trying to start families and make ends meet with their limited time helps everyone in the community.