Howland – Only a few minutes were needed for about 20 people to allow Fire Chief Josh McNally the ability to use fire department revenue to hire four full-time emergency medical technicians at Monday’s special meeting.
The article passed unanimously at the special town meeting, moderated by Town Clerk Kim Soucier.
The money to hire the four full-time EMTs will come from higher than expected revenue, McNally explained earlier this month. The Chief explained at a Jan. 6 select board meeting that the department is expected to receive $1.3 million in revenue, higher than the $1.1 million originally projected.
Howland has only one full-time EMT on duty per day, McNally explained to the select board earlier this month. Part-time and on call staff has been used to help fill the void.
The additional full-time staff will allow Howland to have two full-time EMT’s on duty each day, McNally said at the Jan. 6 meeting. The move will also help the department reduce overtime costs and the need for call outs to help fill vacant shifts, according to the language included in Tuesday’s special town meeting warrant.
Howland’s Fire/EMS department received 2,200 request (fire and ambulance) for service in 2019, McNally said earlier this month.
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