ECHO, Ala. (WDHN) — Echo Rescue is one of the thousands of emergency medical services nationwide that COVID has taken a major toll on its personnel and equipment, however on Tuesday, the Dale County Commission has come up with a temporary financial measure to keep that vital service going.

The long hours have worn out ambulances and personnel. On Tuesday, the Dale County
Commission issued an emergency $25,000 to help the department with payroll and other services.

In fact, it’s something that will need to be done for all such agencies countywide.

“He shared some of the financial struggles, some of that being, someone had to make payroll this last time out of their own pocket,” District 4 Dale Commissioner, Frankie Wilson said. “It’s all over the state.”

“We’re going to get into this federal funding at a later date,” Dale County Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon said. “We’re going to get more clarification on it, but will involve all rescues, but this time we couldn’t use federal funding to get echo out of the bind.”

Echo Rescue personnel say the $25,000 appropriation is greatly appreciated and badly needed. But, not being associated with a larger municipality also creates financial difficulties for Echo Rescue.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, the Dale County Commission will meet with Echo and several other medical services operating in the county.

The goal is to come up with an established funding formula.