Lt. Gov. Visits Rural Emergency Responders

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rural fire departments are calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to sign a bill that would give them more power to help patients.

Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon was in Rockford Thursday to talk with local volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service providers. The meeting allowed her to learn more about the difficulties crews face when responding to rural emergencies.

Simon is pushing the governor to sign legislation that would allow emergency medical technicians to provide more services to patients.

"Making sure folks can serve at the level they're qualified for rather than the level that their ambulances are licensed for so that if somebody who's very qualified arrives at your house they can provide those services to you," Simon said.

Simon's visit was part of National Rural Health Day.

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