Constantine Fire Chief Mike Haydon has urged the Constantine Village Council to review a proposal to add an “Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Only” division to the fire department. In doing so during the council meeting Monday evening (March 4), Haydon indicated he wished to see more EMS personnel available.
When asked why not train personnel as both a firefighter and medical first responder (MFR), Haydon said some people like to work in the EMS field but have no interest in fire fighting. Secondly, it is cheaper to outfit and train them as EMS only.
Haydon said EMS only personnel would respond to EMS calls only and not fight fires. He said he was not sure how many personnel would be added, but it would probably not be more than five. No gear would be purchased for people until they were state certified, he said.
“The approximate cost would be $1,200 to outfit an EMS only person. Training would cost $500, and a dress uniform would be $200.”
“In contrast, to outfit a firefighter the gear costs approximately $6,000-$7,000 and fire training costs $8,000-$9,000,” he said.
Haydon added that he had approached both Constantine and Florence townships and they were in favor of the programs.
Village President Pat Weiss and several other council members liked the idea. “The chief has done a good job with his department and we should support this decision,” Weiss said.
Village Manager Mark Honeysett said, “I’m concerned we have an aging community. I think we have need of this, and it is an inexpensive insurance policy.”
Haydon said he was not looking for a motion at this time.
In other business, the council passed Resolution No. 13-16 to seek a grant from the 2013 Recreation Passport Grant Program to reconstruct the pergola at Five Point Park (Pioneer Park.) Voting ‘no’ were trustees Dick Larrance and MacKenzie Strawser. Honeysett stated that he, Weiss, and DDA director Diana Lammott had been urged to reapply for a grant to rebuild the pergola at a recent Parks and Recreation Association meeting in Lansing. “We want to reconstruct the pergola, have walkways, with bricks with the names of pioneers buried there. It will be landscaped, with lighting for security purposes,” Lammott said. “The matching funds are all being donated, so there will be no cost to the village.” Lammott said the project is part of a five-year Parks and Recreation plan.
Dr. Charles and Joelen Zimont submitted a letter proposing to purchase eight feet of land adjacent to the west edge of their property at 280 East Water Street. The Zimonts stated they wished to plant trees and shrubs in the area. President Weiss appointed a committee of Dick Larrance, MacKenzie Strawser and Catherine Piper to investigate where the “new” property line would fall and report back at the next council meeting.
A public hearing is required for the village to either purchase or sell property.
Source: Story contributed by Angie Birdsall.