What you don't see written is the town is currently not paying for the full time EMS service; the EMS agency (or fire department providing EMS, whatever) is an independent 3rd party entity that is (likely contracted to be) providing a service to the town, likely for less than it costs to run a full service EMS agency due to historical reasons. The agency, to their credit, recognized a problem, and implemented a solution, but they don't have the funding to maintain the level of service without the taxpayers making up the difference. If the town wants a full time EMS service, with prompt response times and an ALS ambulance to respond to medical emergencies, they should fund it (I'd go as far as saying to hire the full time employees so they get municipal benefits, even if they are managed by the EMS agency or the FD), and yes, make cuts elsewhere to balance the budget.Their's more to this story.
The town of Woodstock is discussing whether there’s room in the budget to continue 24/7 EMS services. The volunteer fire department said the funding won’t be there after June. The future of full-time EMS service is in the hands of the Woodstock town budget. Neighbors packed the meeting room...www.nbcconnecticut.com