The Not for profit REMS is the consolidation of EMS providers that have been servicing the town since 1936, according to VanDerwerker. Under New York State Law, Fire Districts in a town cannot bill providers for EMS service due to their funding through taxing districts and is the reason that fire districts do not get involved with EMS services, draining department funds to support the EMS.
In 2009, REMS answered approximately 2,575 calls for EMS in 2009, according to VanDerwerker, and hope to answer over 2,700 this year.
"I'm just happy that this has come to an end," said VanDerwerker.
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