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Ambulance costs rise markedly in Jackson

By Kendra Caruso | Jun 28, 2020
Photo by: Kendra Caruso Jackson residents attend the annual town meeting June 20 at the town's Fire Sstation.

Jackson — Jackson residents approved a substantial increase the town’s ambulance budget at their June 20 town meeting.

Brooks Ambulance EMT Tim Simmons spoke about the $1,040 rise in cost compared to the previous year, when ambulance expenses totaled $1,700. He said they responded to eight calls that required transportation to a hospital.

One resident said she was concerned that the ambulance company might respond to accidents where they are not needed. Simmons said they only charge for calls that result in a transportation.

Brooks EMTs respond to accidents only when an airbag is deployed or a person is injured, Simmons said.

While some ambulance companies charge for assisting disabled people who fall in their homes, he said Brooks Ambulance does not. He said he does not believe in charging someone for such a service when the person might not have the financial means to pay it.

The ambulance company added four new people to its staff and received a grant for a new ambulance in 2018, according to Simmons. He said the ambulance was able to respond to 91% of the calls it received.

In town elections, Bryan Menard was elected selectman, Marlene Thompson was elected town sexton, Don Nickerson Sr. was elected fire chief, Dale Hustus was elected Emergency Management Agency director and David McDaniel was elected to represent the town for Unity Area Regional Recycling. Voters approved raising $229,698 for town expenses.

Jackson postponed its annual meeting in March because of the coronavirus shutdown. Fewer than two dozen people attended the hour-long meeting in the Fire Station to vote on the 38 warrant articles.

 

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