Outrageous gas prices trigger changes in US emergency aid

As gas prices continue to rise in the US, some police and fire departments, as well as ambulance services, are changing the way they handle day-to-day activities.

According to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA), the average price of gas in the US is currently $4,970, with several states seeing prices above $5. By comparison, on the same date in 2021, the national average gas price was $3,067, according to data from the AAA. More states are coming to exceed the $5 per gallon mark.

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As gas prices rise in the US, some emergency services have changed the way they conduct routine activities. Above, gas prices can be seen on a sign at an Exxon Mobil gas station on June 9, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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Michigan

Data from AAA shows gas prices in Michigan were $5,214 as of Thursday, and the price hike in the state has caused some law enforcement agencies to change the way they respond to every 911 call.

According to WJBK in Detroit, Michigan, the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office recently posted a message on Facebook announcing changes to their routine due to exhausting “what resources had been budgeted for fuel with several months to go before the budget was reset.”

I have instructed the delegates to try to handle all calls that are acceptable over the telephone.

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main

“I have instructed the deputies to try to handle all calls that are acceptable over the phone,” Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main said in the mail, according to WJBK. “These are non-pending calls, non-life-threatening calls, calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation… Any call in progress with active suspects will involve a response from the delegates. I want to assure the community that safety is our primary goal is, and we will continue to respond to these kinds of calls.”

news week contacted the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

In addition, Lieutenant Bretton Ensfield of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office recently told the WGHN radio station that the department is urging officers not to park their cars and make unnecessary trips. According to WGHN, the sheriff’s office made similar changes last month in response to rising gas prices.

“Instead of having a deputy drive 20 miles to pick up that complaint, the complaint may have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for the nearest car to pick up the complaint, rather than have someone else drive to file the complaint.” take,” said Ensfield. the Michigan radio station.

Illinois

AAA data shows gas prices in Illinois surpassed $5 on Thursday. According to WSIL-TV, rising gas prices in the state have prompted some fire departments and emergency services to change the way they handle day-to-day activities.

…we’ve had to issue new policies on restricting some activities to ensure we can manage our budget properly.

Ryan Buckingham, Franklin County Emergency Management Director

“Our agency conducts a wide variety of both emergency and non-emergency activities each year. And unfortunately due to rising gas prices, we have had to issue new policies on restricting some activities to ensure we are able to meet our budget. appropriately,” Ryan Buckingham, director of Franklin County Emergency Management, told the local news outlet.

Indiana

Indiana gas prices hit $5,238 on Thursday, AAA data shows, and according to WTHI-TV, Honey Creek fire chief Tom High recently said that while the department can’t stop responding to emergency calls, they may need to “limit training.” . and ‘construction inspections’ to ‘keep the fuel available for the incident’.

Pennsylvania

As of Thursday, the average gas price in Pennsylvania surpassed $5, AAA data showed. Like other states with gas prices in the $5 range, ambulance and fire departments changed the way they handled routine operations.

In Pittsburgh, the assistant director of the Ross/West View Emergency Medical Services Authority, Greg Porter, told CBS News that “we try to minimize non-essential runs to minimize the amount of gas we use unnecessarily.”

Here’s how US gas prices compare to other countries.

As US gas prices hit record highs, the World Bank warned that a combination of rising inflation and a slowdown in economic growth could send the global economy into 1970s-style “stagflation.”