Four of the eight district fire departments in the town are first responders, but the other half have paramedics at the scene first, which include more rural areas such as Rotterdam Junction. After the merge of White Eagle Ambulance and REMS, the emergency board stopped convening, although nobody at the meeting appeared to know the reasoning.
Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski said he was worried about the board getting too big and nothing getting done. Two representatives for the fire district have been chosen to by the Fire Chief's Association to join the board. One member would represent the fire departments that are first responders and the other would represent the districts having paramedics on the scene first.
Godlewski said he wanted the board to represent all interested parties.
Supervisor Frank Del Gallo joked, "I don't really care who is on it. I do want it to be representative but which ones, who is to say?"
Calder said there might be some ways to "whittle down" the board, but he wants to make sure everyone is represented.
"Everybody's got to be represented because if we don't do it that way, then they are not going to feel like they have a voice, and they need to have a voice in this thing," said Calder.
Godlewski said he was not sure having two residents on the board would be necessary, but Councilman Matthew Martin said having residents would provide a needed perspective. How those residents would be chosen is still unknown.
"I think we just need two normal residents from the town on the board," said Martin.
Del Gallo then joked, "That would be hard to find."
Outside opinion suggested for bids
Near the end of the meeting, Godlewski said he met with the police department and paramedics on Friday, March 25, for a final review of the bid package before going public. Discussion eventually turned to who is going to be reviewing the bids, he said, which led to questioning whether an outside source should be attained.