It’s especially important for ICFD to practice going to these types of calls as they continue to see a majority of calls require emergency medical services.In 2022, they responded to 9,039 calls for service. 56% of those were Emergency Medical Service calls.
Officials in Cedar Rapids are looking at a program that would offer vouchers to low-income families to help them buy a bike. Under the city’s plan, once people are approved, they could either get a $700 voucher for a bike or $900 for an electric bike.
Iowa’s Blue Alert system was established in 2021, but it’s first use was on September 13th, 2023, when the Iowa Department of Public Safety activated the program after Algona police officer Kevin Cram was shot and killed in the line of duty.
The “Vote Yes to Invest!”committee - made up of various school board members and area residents - spent several weeks collecting signatures to present in front of the board. According to their facebook page, they were able to collected 7.624 signatures. 6,909 were deemed valid signatures by the district.