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LVA interim deal with Morris likely to be extended
Litchfield.bz (08-12-17)


Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance is expected to continue providing emergency medical service coverage in Morris beyond Sept. 2, the date the interim arrangement was scheduled to end.
 
LVA, at the request of the state Office of Emergency Management Services, began servicing Morris in early May after the Morris Volunteer Fire Department surrendered its responsibility for ambulance coverage.
 
Litchfield’s Board of Fire Commissioners and Emergency Medical Services discussed the issue on Thursday and agreed that the interim arrangement could be extended so that Morris remains covered. The arrangement, however, must be outlined by a written agreement between LVA and Morris, according to the board.
 
LVA and Morris are tasked with creating an agreement and presenting it to the board. The agreement outlining Morris’s financial commitment to LVA will have to be approved by Litchfield’s Board of Selectmen and Board Finance, and possibly by a town meeting.
 
The Board of Fire Commissioners and Emergency Medical Services is anxious to see an agreement in place so Litchfield is covered from financial and legal standpoints.
 
First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. wants the temporary agreement to be as shortlived as possible so that Litchfield’s financial and legal liabilities are limited.
 
The Morris Volunteer Fire Department, which surrendered its ambulance service after failing to reach a new agreement with the Morris Board of Selectmen on how revenue from ambulance calls is to be returned to the town, is trying to regain its service, according to Morris Fire Chief Joel Skilton.
 
Skilton told the Board of Fire Commissioners and Emergency Medical Services that the department is applying to the state OEMS to regain its Primary Service Area responder designation.