Lisbon council to study options for ambulance service

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LISBON — A subcommittee was formed at Tuesday night’s Town Council workshop to research options for the Lisbon Emergency, a private and nonprofit ambulance service serving Lisbon and Bowdoin.

During a workshop in July, Sam Smith of Lisbon Emergency presented a budget of $127,884.46 for 2018-19.

Lisbon Emergency receives a little more than 1,000 calls yearly.

It takes about 2,000 calls a year to cover the cost of one ambulance service, Rick Petrie from Atlantic Partners EMS said.

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“The reality is that if the community wants the ambulance service, the cost of the ambulance service will far outweigh what you’re actually going to achieve,” Petrie said.

Petrie suggested three options for councilors: keep Lisbon Emergency; combine the Fire Department and Lisbon Emergency; or request proposals for other ambulance services.

Councilors and subcommittee members will make a final decision by Dec. 31.

In other business, councilors voted to send a letter to Gov. Paul LePage to fill the vacancy for Lisbon’s seat in the House of Representatives. It was filled by Gina Mason who passed away unexpectedly last week.

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