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Ambulance deal falls through Manville: DDS backed out of the agreement
Posted on Oct 13, 2018
He said there was an understanding that DDS would support the town’s state application to provide an ambulance service at STS and turn over ambulance equipment and use of its facilities to the town for a nominal or no charge.
"Yesterday, I was informed that for reasons not fully explained, the state is not willing to follow through on these understandings and it will not sign the MOA document or enter into! an agreement with the town," Manville told the Board of Selectmen at a special meeting Thursday. "As such, it is my recommendation that the town of Southbury withdraw our application with the Department of Public Health if by the close of business on Monday they have not changed their position."
After more than two hours of discussion and debate, the board voted unanimously to withdraw the application before the Office of Emergency Medical Services and, if DDS changes its
position on Monday, to have a special meeting to decide whether to move forward with the application, which has a hearing scheduled in Hartford Wednesday.
Selectmen Michael! Rosen and Jason Buchsbaum both said they may vote to withdraw! regardless of what the state does due to a lack of information on the impact on public health and safety and town finances.
Manville applied to OEMS to allow the police to oversee basic ambulance services for STS and for the town to own the primary service area for a paramedic for the entire town. Currently the town pays for Campion Ambulance.
Town Attorney Jeffrey J. Tinley speaks at a special Board of Selectmen meeting at Southbury Town Hall Thursday on the town’s state application to provide ambulance service at Southbury Training School. First Selectman Jeffrey A. Manville says the town applied to control its own destiny.
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to provide advanced life support and receives partial reimbursement for those calls from the Southbury Ambulance Association and the Heritage Village Association, though nobody owns the PSA for ALS coverage.
Rep. Arthur O’Neill, R Southbury, said one must be a licensed BLS provider before they could be an ALS provider. He signed a letter supporting Manville’s application before withdrawing his support due to a lack of discussions with the boards of selectmen and finance and no consensus with the ambulance community.
SAA and HVAA, both nonprofits run by volunteers, opposed the application, contending the basic ambulance service for STS should revert to SAA.!
Manville met with the Board of Selectmen in executive session about his application, but came under fire from some selectmen for not having public discussions with input from the existing ambulance services.
SAA garnered 163 written signatures on a petition in support of it covering STS at no extra cost to
the taxpayers, and 159 online signatures to a Change.org petition opposing the town’s application.
Danbury Ambulance still has a pending application for the primary service area for STS, but on Thursday Geralyn Hoyt, president of SAA, said the state never filed a notice to give up its PSA, so there is nothing to apply for.
Joseph Desimone, president and CEO of Danbury Ambulance, attended the meeting. He said STS Director Eugene Harvey asked him to cover the school during a period when STS’s fire and ambulance shut down. Rosen questioned the fairness of the process that allowed the town and Danbury Ambulance to use inside information to apply for the STS PSA before the state declared its intention to give it up, at the expense of other potential applicants like SAA. Desimone and Town Attorney Jeffrey J. Tinley both said it was no secret that the state wants to close the fire and ambulance service at STS.