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  • Localguy123

    “Corson said if every resident served by Camden First Aid sent in a $20 donation, the crisis could be eased. The board also plans to seek donations from businesses.” And how long would that amount actually help things? Probably not that long.
    They are already funded by tax dollars and bill the patients they transport. They also do transports from hospital to hospital, sometimes more than one at a time, some as far away as Boston. For those paying attention, this diminishes their ability for emergency responses that these towns are paying for. They also bill for those trips, which the towns see no financial benefit from. It actually reduces the value of what they are payng for because they now have less resources available to provide the emergency response they have agreed to.
    It is not the responsibility of the town to make sure they are asking for enough money. They are a private non-profit business that seems to have alot of trouble managing finances. This has been going on for a while and I think it is time for the Selectboards and Town Managers of the four towns to start looking into why this is. I’m pretty sure they will find that lack of insurance reimbursement is a pretty small part of it. Other services seem to find a way get by, why can’t they?

    • Anonymous

      Because the others are funded fully by the towns; as the article states (Thomaston $170,000). Each town needs to step up to the plate so this will stop being an ongoing problem for these dedicated people.

      • Localguy123

        The problem is you are comparing apples and oranges. The other two ambulance services they cite are municipally owned and operated with all of the money billed for emergency medical transports going directly to the towns to offset the cost of providing emergency medical services to their town. And those towns, as do all but one in Knox County, have only one ambulance. This service has 4, plus an emergency response vehicle. And if you look at the public records, their last service chief was making nearly a six figure salary. What part of that says non profit or well managed to you? There are dedicated people there, I know for a fact. But they and the finances of that service have been grossly mismanaged and it is not right to think that a few months into most fiscal budgets that they can just come back and demand more because they failed in their jobs. Not how the real world works folks.

        • Anonymous

          I respect your knowledge; which I evidently lacked; and apologize for coming on so strong. It is a tough job, am sure most are sincerely dedicated people and hope an equitable solution can be worked out.

  • Anonymous

    Have the salaries been reviewed? Are they within the “norm”?

    • Localguy123

      To give it perspective, he made more than the last Fire Chief in Portland.

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