2011-04-14 / Letters to the Editor

Keep EMS and JFD separate entities

In 2005 a group of citizens formed an organization called the Friends of the Jamestown Fire Department and EMS. Ours was not a fundraising organization. Our mission was to raise awareness of the incredible work the Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Services perform every day, to help both organizations increase the number of volunteers needed to provide their services and to show our support and appreciation for these two organizations.

We were successful and completed our mission with various campaigns, which culminated in a “Red Lights Ball” held for the benefit of the two organizations and attended by most of the town.

When we formed our organization in 2005, the EMS was under the umbrella organization of the Fire Department. This did not seem to be working for either group so it was mutually decided and the town concurred to separate the two volunteer services.

Now from what we read and hear, the proposal is for EMS to again be under the umbrella of the Fire Department. Why is this now a good idea and how is it different from pre-2005?

Jamestown is lucky to have such wonderful volunteers in both organizations. If we paid for either or both services, the town taxes would have to be increased dramatically. Both organizations have done a great job. Letters in the Jamestown Press are constantly praising the service received by JEMS and the Fire Department.

Whatever happens with the Jamestown Emergency Medical Services, we strongly believe that the members of JEMS should be consulted for the best way to go forward and hope that the Town Council will take serious time to consider such an important vote. It appears the Council has been recently presented with inconsistent information.

We hope that any decisions made regarding these talented volunteers who have aided and supported our community over the years, get the respect and consideration they deserve.

Barbara Lundy, Robin
Monihan, Joan McCauley,
Ginny Prichett, John McCauley,
Suzi Andrews

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