Changes Promised at Firelands Ambulance Service (OH) after Incomplete Audit

A state auditor in Ohio declared the Firelands Ambulance Service “unauditable,” according to a report. (Photo/Firelands Ambulance Service Facebook)

NEW LONDON, Ohio — The Firelands Ambulance Service says it is hiring a fiscal officer after the state declared the service “unauditable,” according to a report.

Dan Bailey, the service’s  coordinator, said the company had “loose record-keeping” and it did not have all its paperwork in order, according to the Norwalk Reflector.

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According to the state’s audit earlier this year, the Firelands Ambulance Service had:

  • A lack of support for an adjusting factor of $204,035 for “Payroll Conversion” noted on the December 31, 2018 bank reconciliation;
  • No accurate outstanding check list on December 31, 2018, despite several checks issued in December 2018 that did not clear the bank in December;
  • Even though the ambulance service has two bank accounts, ambulance service only reported one bank account on the December 2018 reconciliation (in UAN);
  • Missing month end bank reconciliations for 2018;
  • Reconciliations for 2017 could not be located.

Bailey said a second audit is underway and should be completed before the end of the year.

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