Town talks about emergency services

Questions raised about structure of ambulance system in Bethlehem

— “We do have to look over costs, but when looking at emergency situations sometimes redundancy is a good thing,” said Clarkson in an interview after the meeting.

The supervisor said he would like to eventually see a study done between the ambulance districts similar to the Collaborative Planning Task Force Report commissioned by the town’s fire districts to identify potential shared services and cost-saving measures.

That report suggested the town’s five fire departments make various changes to save costs, including possibly consolidating departments.

“I think (the report) provides a good roadmap to make sure the districts are cost effective,” he said. “I’m thankful for the study, but it didn’t address EMS and it is also more of a long-term plan. We may need to find some faster solutions.”

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