Residents of Sundown are unhappy after city administrators and city council made the tough decision to cut services including the EMS service last week.
A Sundown family is mourning the death of their loved one yesterday. They feel his death could have been avoided if the city had not cut the EMS service last week due to budget cuts brought on by a downturn in the economy. The city also points out that they have attempted to prepare the community for the change by hosting volunteer EMT classes, however, very few people participated. The city plans to try and get a volunteer first responder program in operation within the next month.
Levelland EMS said they responded to the call as quickly as possible. Due to privacy issues they could not comment further.
A petition has now been posted online by a Sundown resident yesterday. The petition says the citizens “have been robbed of EMS service in the past 2 weeks.” It also says “we don’t need a golf course we need an EMS service.”
The petition organizer is trying to get 100 signatures and will then present the petition to the city council at a later date.
Levelland EMS is now providing service to the City of Sundown. The Levelland provider has served as a backup for the mostly volunteer service in Sundown which has faced a hard time getting volunteers for the past several years. Previous reports have indicated that the average response time to Sundown for Levelland EMS is 10-15 minutes from the time of the call.