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EMS director outlines new contract

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
TIFFIN — Ken Majors, emergency medical service director, outlined a new contract with the Seneca County Commissioners during the board’s work session Tuesday.
The previous contract was approved in 1978, and with possible changes as townships and villages combine into joint districts, and a pay incentive for volunteers, an updated contract was necessary.
Majors said the document “mirrors” the previous agreement, but includes updated terminology, the policy manual and standard operating manual which were not included in the original agreement. Two main issues are “What is acceptable out-of-service time” for some squads and “What to do (if volunteers) fail to report.”
It could become a liability issue, he said. He suggested commissioners have the authority to resolve these issues through a letter to each ambulance group. A letter is expected to be mailed by May 15 and will be requested to return a signed copy within a month.
“The goal is to get the ambulances staffed,” Majors said, which means at least two persons at all times “and (have the districts) let us know their intentions.”
Several villages and townships have combined to create joint ambulance districts since a countywide meeting last month.
Separately, the commissioners approved a resolution to seek a $975,000 fiscal year 2014 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Grant, in cooperation with Fostoria and Tiffin, through Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Commission.
The funds will be divided among the three groups, less administrative costs, and be used to upgrade and improve residential properties of low- to moderate-income residents.

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