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One year and 416 ambulance runs later, residents of the northeast Benton County Emergency Services District are supportive of their new advanced life support ambulance begun June 1, 2010. Nearly 300 people attended the recent country breakfast fundraiser on Memorial Day. The transition has gone smoothly. “That’s what it’s about. We no longer have to meet with Rogers and can give the proper care and assistance the people here rely on,” Fire Chief Rob Taylor said. As a result of the merger of Northeast Benton County Volunteer Fire Department and VAS (formerly Volunteer Ambulance Service), the basic life support service was licensed as an advanced life support service on June 1, 2010. “We sell a lot of chicken and cook a lot of spaghetti... that’s why we’ve gotten where we are,” Funk said. “The economy is very fragile right now. As expenses go up, insurance coverage may go down,” Funk said, explaining that board members must constantly be on the alert about the finances of the department. “We don’t wa

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