Wednesday, 05 December 2018 12:36

Howland grows ambulance service without tax increase

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HOWLAND - The town of Howland continues to grow its ambulance service, adding another full-time paramedic to the staff.

Just three years ago, the town's Emergency Medical Services Department was operated by volunteers.

 

The town now has multiple full-time employees and has added ambulances to its service.

 

"The town voters again showed us their support by allowing us to hire a fourth full-time paramedic," Town Manager David Wilson said. "We're creating benefit packages for these folks, too, in increments, as we can with the goal that they'll be fully benefited positions."

 

Despite the EMS Department growing, Wilson said residents won't have to worry about a tax increase because the department is making money from transportation contracts with area cities and towns.

 

Wilson said it is less costly to run than it was three years ago and that its growth will most likely continue.