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Livingston County Ambulance District

Chillicothe Fire Department works in conjunction with the Livingston County Ambulance District in order to provide superior emergency medical services to Chillicothe and all of Livingston County.

Most of our fire department personnel are licensed Missouri Paramedics who strive to provide the highest in patient care. Our community's Grand River Technical School offers three levels of EMS training: First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic.

Assisted by other first responders in the area, we cover cities such as Utica, Wheeling, Dawn, Mooresville, Avalon, Ludlow, and Chula.

Current members of the Livingston County Ambulance Board are Bill Hayen, Dale Whiteside, Bob Gipe, Richard Smith, Howard Marshall, and Alvin Thompson.

If you have any billing questions, please contact our billing administrator, Bette Atwell, at (660) 646-4355. Payment plans may be available. Credit cards are not accepted at this time. We look forward to serving you if the need ever arises.

Payments may be mailed to:

Chillicothe Fire Department
Attn: Bette Atwell
700 Second Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601

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Always a leader in EMS innovation, that same ability and commitment is applied to our ambulance unit. Leading the way in North Missouri, CFD has purchased the Mercedes Sprinter, an emergency vehicle commonly used in Europe. The Sprinter will yield twice the mileage of other ambulances. We have four modular units in our service area and added one Sprinter ambulance to our fleet in 2013.

Since approximately 44% of all Chillicothe transports are Medicare patients, every effort is made so that the rising costs in health care will not generate consequences for the residents of our service area. Livingston County Ambulance Board is being proactive in finding ways to reduce costs while maintaining the level of excellent care to which we are committed.

The Sprinter's new design also improves safety. Since it drives more like a smaller car, patients receive a more comfortable transport. Shaped more like a passenger van than a truck, the Sprinter is more lightweight than traditional ambulances. The Sprinter comes equipped with antilock brakes, dual airbags, stability control, and an emergency window.

NOTE: A second Sprinter Style Ambulance was purchased and arrived in Chillicothe at the department on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, and put into service. See news >>

Pictured below is the Power Assist System wherein crews push a button to raise or lower a cot and to load or unload a patient in an ambulance. Loading a patient cot into an ambulance is nearly a hands-off operation for the Chillicothe Fire Department.

October 29, 2015 - Chillicothe MO Fire/EMS Department picked up a new 2015 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Type III Brave today. It will join the growing fleet of Osage Ambulances there. It was sold by Dan Kehoe with Emergency Services Supply. The new unit replaces a 2011 Chevrolet number 335.

April 29, 2015 - Chillicothe Fire Department has replaced a 2008 ambulance with 214,000 miles. This 205 RAM 4-wheel drive (pictured below) will allow better safety during inclement weather. The ambulance was purchased by Livingston County Ambulance District.

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LifeFlight Eagle

LifeFlight Eagle is a 501(c3) non-profit organization that provides life-saving helicopter transport to critically ill and injured patients from communities within a 150-mile radius of Kansas City. It provides two Bell 407GX and two Bell 407 helicopters from bases in Trenton, Harrisonville, Odessa and Clinton, Mo. It also owns a larger Eurocopter EC-145 helicopter, which is dedicated to the Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport Team. That aircraft is also equipped with a glass cockpit and fully integrated autopilot, and is capable of flying under Instrument Flight Rules. All LifeFlight Eagle helicopters are operated and maintained by PHI Air Medical.

Since 1978, LifeFlight has had a close relationship with the community and a great sense of responsibility to the community. The organization enhances the communities they serve through partnership with EMS agencies, fire departments and hospitals, through education and by enhancing the quality and availability of emergency medical services for the people in these communities. Read More >>

LifeFlight Eagle has placed into service two new state-of-the-art Bell 407GX helicopters at its Harrisonville and Trenton bases.
The new aircraft were purchased as part of the non-profit organization's fleet replacement program and reflect LifeFlight Eagle's
ongoing commitment to the community to provide life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients in Missouri and Kansas.
From the outside, the aircraft look very similar to the 10-year-old Bell 407 helicopters they replace, but inside the changes are remarkable.

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How To Call For An Ambulance in An Emergency

  • Dial 911

  • Ask operator for an ambulance.

  • Tell them your name, your location, the number you are calling from and the reason you need an ambulance. If you are in a public place or in an accident try to give the closest intersection or landmark. If in a rural area, describe the house and any other items that may help responders find your address.

  • If the ambulance is not for you, then tell the operator the name of the patient. Tell the operator any medical history that is known about the patient.

  • Above all, remain calm and do what the operator tells you to do.

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Brief Background

According to the Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, in 1968 the ambulance district was in need of an operator for the district. At the time, the current operation was being discontinued and a new operation was needed. The Chillicothe Fire Department stepped up to the challenge and took over ambulance services for the City. The following two articles were taken from the CT Archives. Click on each article to see a closer view.

CT 12/19/1968 CT 08/26/1972

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700 East 2nd Street, Chillicothe, MO  64601
Phone: (660) 646-2139
Emergencies: Dial 9-1-1
FAX: (660) 646-2196
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