“Many rural communities in Vermont and around the region rely on their local emergency medical responders, but there’s a dearth of qualified individuals and training opportunities,” according to the head of Rescue Inc.’s new Vermont EMS Academy.
“This is a manufactured crisis,” one cardiac-arrest survivor said of the ambulance change set for July 1. “I have a sense of foreboding that our elected officers have chosen to gamble with people’s lives.”
Vermont ambulance officials are continuing to voice questions as the town approaches the July 1 end of its nearly 60-year contract with Windham County’s largest emergency medical service provider.
The town Selectboard is set to consider a $50,000 addendum just two weeks before it is scheduled to drop its 56-year contract with Windham County’s largest emergency medical service provider.
As the town prepares to drop its nearly 60-year contract with Rescue Inc., the private nonprofit provider says it won’t respond to Brattleboro calls without negotiated compensation as of July 1.
The accident happened in the same place where another person was killed in 2015.
The local selectboard won’t comment on whether he was pushed out, but Octavian “Yoshi” Manale’s contract and nearly $70,000 severance package offer several clues that is the case.
Brattleboro’s town manager is quitting, but the municipality is still scheduled to follow his call to pull out of the area’s private nonprofit Rescue Inc. after nearly 60 years.
Octavian “Yoshi” Manale sparked controversy by pushing local leaders to pull out of a contract with the municipality’s nearly 60-year EMS provider with little notice or public debate.
The town government has approved nearly $40,000 for an independent review of a proposal to have the municipal fire department take over local emergency medical services.
Townspeople should have a chance to weigh in on Brattleboro’s decision to sever a 56-year relationship with Rescue Inc.
Regional and state leaders are voicing concern about the ramifications of the town’s surprise last-minute severing of ties with Windham County’s largest emergency medical services provider.
Neither Rescue Inc. nor Brattleboro’s town government has provided enough information for anyone to know what is best for our community.
“Everything’s backwards here,” one resident said upon the Selectboard’s abrupt dismissal of Rescue Inc. “Study should come first. Public input should come first.”