This month alone the rescue squad has made 80 runs -- twice as many as in June. Recently Hartford Rescue changed from volunteer to paid.
Hartford Councilman Fred Goynes has long been an advocate of having a paid staff. At least one driver and an EMT mans the rescue squad 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hartford Rescue personnel believe adjacent cities will soon move toward paid, as opposed to relying on volunteers to handle emergency response.
So far, city officials say the ambulance service is paying for itself. Moving to a paid staff is costing the city $150,000.