Ambulance service, town, reach agreement
by Margo Avakian
May 02, 2013 | 1930 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALIFAX- At a special meeting held Monday evening, the selectboard and the board of Deerfield Valley Rescue settled the terms of an ambulance service agreement that assures service for the town through the end of fiscal year 2014. The terms of the agreement were laid out in a draft presented by DVR board member Heidi Taylor.

The service area defined by the agreement includes all of Halifax except Thomas Hill Road, Lucier Road, Hosea Fisher Lane, and Hale Road. That section of the town is served by Rescue, Inc. Under the agreement, DVR will honor all paid subscriptions to the Whitingham Ambulance Service for the remainder of FY 2013. Funds already appropriated and paid by the town to WASI will cover the last six weeks of FY 13; charges for FY 14 will be $14,400, to be paid quarterly. This equals the amount previously budgeted for ambulance service and will be paid out of monies approved by voters at the March 2013 Town Meeting. DVR will report to the town on a quarterly basis.

DVR will work together with the Halifax EMS under the protocols of Vermont EMS District 12. Taylor said that DVR will meet with the Halifax first responder service “hopefully next week” to work out a contract between the two organizations. The town acknowledged that DVR exclusively controls ambulance response within its designated area; the town will notify the E911 board of the change. DVR will collect a fee for services when a transport occurs. Insurance companies will be billed; patients who are not subscribers will be billed for any balance.

The boards briefly discussed the possibility of a longer term agreement, but held off on that. There is a question of whether, or how, funds could be committed beyond those voted for a single fiscal year.

In other business, the board voted to appoint Steve Towne to the planning commission and zoning board of adjustment. Towne will serve out the remainder of Bradley Rafus’ term.

The board also agreed that an extra phone line is needed for the town office to serve the needs of the clerk and the listers, but members want to see data on equipment and operating costs before voting on the purchase.

Emergency management co-directors Ross Barnett and John LaFlamme, also present at the meeting, settled details of their, and the board’s, roles and responsibilities during the upcoming Vermont Yankee drills.

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