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Let Southbury Ambulance expand services

December 17, 2018

There are two excellent ambulance squads in Southbury that cover the calls effectively. After the town withdrew its application, it would seem that Office of Emergency Medical Services would approve the pending application for SAA to have the in house medic.

But that is not the case. Why? Why is the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance standing in the way of improving and expanding emergency medical services in town?

Southbury Ambulance Association has proved their efficiency and dedication for 65 years. We do not need to start up a new and separate service as First Selectmen Manville seems to think. If the town is covered and safe with our existing medic intercept program it can only get better with the in-house medic.

Jeffrey Manville — let go. The startup of a new service is well north of $3 million to $4 million, including paid staff, ambulances, equipment and supplies. As a taxpayer I am not willing to pay as the current services are doing great!

Listen to the people, we are telling you what we want. We want SAA to expand their emergency services and continue to operate their nonprofit organization at zero cost to us taxpayers. Why are you undermining a selfless organization that has proven beneficial to the entire community?

First Selectman Manville, the decisions you make should benefit the entire town not just a few.

Megan Posey

Southbury

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