North East to store ambulances in Hope for the winter

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Dec 19, 2013
Source: File

Hope — The Board of Selectmen approved renting space in the Hope Corner Fire Station to North East Mobile Health Services when it met Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Under the temporary arrangement, North East will be able to keep two of its ambulances in the heated station through April at a cost of $400 per month, said Town Administrator Jon Duke on Dec. 18.

North East Chief Kevin McGinnis said the company's base in Rockport can only accommodate two ambulances, so its transfer ambulance and a spare will be garaged in Hope. The transfer ambulance, which is fully equipped to respond to emergencies, will have a crew at the fire station, he said.

McGinnis added that the Hope Corner location will work out well for calls in Hope and Lincolnville, allowing for faster response times in winter conditions.

The selectmen were to have a presentation on fire department legal responsibilities by Bill Guindon, director of the Maine Fire Service Institute, which was postponed because of the weather. Duke said the presentation will likely take place at the board's Jan. 28 meeting.

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