MATTOON -- Taylorville-based Dunn's Ambulance has given notice that it plans to close its Mattoon operation sometime on or before May 31.
The closure would leave Mattoon based Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service as the sole provider of ambulance services in Mattoon. The city ended the Mattoon Fire Department's ambulance service on July 25, but the department has retained advanced life support equipment on its fire trucks to provide backup service as needed.
City Administrator Kyle Gill said he received a notification letter from Dunn's on Wednesday. Gill said he has been letting members of the Mattoon City Council know that they will soon need to collectively discuss the issue of ambulance coverage for the community.
"We will be discussing what direction we go from here," Gill said. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.
Gill said the notification letter did not give a reason for Dunn's planned closure of its Mattoon ambulance service. Gill said he has seen Dunn's issue advisories whenever it was short staffed and only able to have one advanced life support ambulance crew on duty instead of its usual two at peak times.
Dunn's ownership could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. Dunn's has been operating in Mattoon since 2008 and has an ambulance station at 1821 Marshall Ave.
Gill said Mitchell-Jerdan has increased its ambulance and staffing levels since the fire department's ambulance service ended and it has provided backup for Dunn's as needed. He said there have been few instances in recent months of Charleston Fire Department ambulances needing to be dispatched to Mattoon for backup.
The fire department operated an advanced life support ambulance service from 2010 to 2018. City officials have said that the department's ambulance service lost money and duplicated the work of private providers. Firefighters countered that their service generated needed city revenue and provided essential coverage for Mattoon.