EXETER TWP., Pa. - There's frustration among Exeter Township Fire Department EMS members as the township board of supervisors unanimously approved a measure that could lead to their downfall.
The board approved Monday night a new EMS provider: Penn State Life Lion.
Board members said the change would save the township tens of thousands of dollars in ambulance costs and would not tack on new taxes for residents. They added that the move would be a sustainable one for the township, but a union said the move could cost some two dozen EMS workers their jobs.
"These people are very serious about the oaths they've taken to serve the public," Art Martynuska, the president of the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, who spoke on behalf of the Exeter Township Fire EMS workers.
"Our folks not only are EMS folks, but they're cross-trained to do fire protection," he said, "and by eliminating this department, they're going to take away about 40 percent of our fire protection.
"There's also the issue of subscription service. We heard tonight they're going to honor the subscriptions for the rest of the year, but then after that, it's in question, so as far as the elderly folks, the people who are on fixed incomes it's going to cause a problem."
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