UNION, Maine — A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, on a proposal by a private ambulance company to take over emergency medical services for four area towns.
Sterling Ambulance of Union is holding the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Thompson Community Center in Union.
The Union Ambulance Service, a department of the town of Union, now provides coverage to Union, Washington, Appleton and South Hope.
Sterling approached Union and made a presentation at the selectmen’s Feb. 7 meeting offering to take over the service, according to Town Manager Jay Feyler.
Selectmen discussed the issue at their Feb. 21 meeting, but opted to wait to hear what was said at the Feb. 23 informational meeting.
Sterling Ambulance is a private, family-owned ambulance service. The company was established in 2001, according to its website, and provides nonemergency transfers.
The Union Ambulance Service has seven paramedics, six intermediate emergency medical technicians, 16 basic EMTs and seven drivers. During the past year, the town department answered 510 calls.
The average time from when a call is received by the volunteer service to when a responder or ambulance is at the scene is 10 minutes, which the department stated on its website is a pretty good response time.