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Sunderland to vote Friday on regional ambulance service

SUNDERLAND — Residents Friday will be asked to pay $155,366 to join a regional ambulance service with the towns of Deerfield and Whately.

The special Town Meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Sunderland Elementary School.

The vote could decide the fate of the proposal the Select Boards and EMS directors in Sunderland, Whately and Deerfield have worked on for two years to improve emergency response time and patient care.

The proposal is to create the South County Emergency Medical Services — a 24/7 regional paramedic ambulance service with Deerfield and Whately.

A full-time force would be based at the South Deerfield fire station and a backup ambulance would be at the Sunderland Public Safety Complex. This would be temporary location for up to three years as the towns seek a permanent home.

First, residents will be asked to enter into an inter-municipal agreement with Deerfield and Whately to establish the regional EMS. Second, residents will be asked to pay $155,366 for Sunderland’s share of the service.

Deerfield’s share is $255,488, while Whately’s is $83,735.

A third, unrelated article will ask residents to provide $70,000 to supplement a school building assistance fund approved at the annual Town Meeting in April. The money would pay off the bond on the Sunderland Elementary School reconstruction project.

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