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October 20, 2013

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Whatever the fate of South Lockport's EMS, the public will be covered, officials say

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Discussions have taken place between South Lockport company leaders, town and Niagara County Emergency Services officials concerning the possible change. Lockport Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith confirmed town officials have met with officers of all five fire companies that service a portion of the town. In addition to South Lockport, those companies are the Wrights Corners, Terry’s Corners, Rapids and Gasport volunteer outfits.

If South Lockport no longer offers EMS, the town could have the other four companies increase their coverage or, possibly, bring in a third-party EMS provider, Smith said. Everyone is aware South Lockport is stretched thin, he added.

It’s even possible that Lockport city firefighters could be involved. Lockport City Mayor Michael Tucker confirmed last week that the city has had preliminary talks with the town about city firefighters providing EMS to town residents. However, the city is facing financial struggles and the likelihood of laying off some employees including firefighters by Jan. 1.

“We still have to work it out,” Tucker said. “But it may be a possibility.”

Smith said town officials are waiting to hear back from the fire companies and the county emergency service regarding alternatives to South Lockport EMS.

“We’re taking a look at this, as stewards of the public’s well-being,” Smith said. “There are options.”

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241, or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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