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Rising costs and dwindling volunteers creates a slow motion crisis for rural EMS

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.— Emergency services, unfortunately, don’t pay for themselves. At least not in rural areas, where the challenge of running an emergency medical service (EMS) makes clear a painful irony: a self-sustaining EMS operation depends on a high call frequency. Low population densities mean lower call frequencies, which means less potential billing revenue for […]