The opportunity is for community leaders in one or two rural areas of Maine in 2022.
• have ambulance and other EMS services evaluated by Maine-based “Guides to EMS”,
• have these experts work with EMS and community leaders to develop options to the current type and level of service, including their impact on taxpayers (mill rate/other costs),
• have the EMS Guides facilitate an informational program for leaders, taxpayers and others affected on the EMS issues that exist and the options for addressing them including costs, and
• have the EMS Guides help leaders/residents decide which option they want using a local decision-making process (special town meeting, for example).
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis (considered in order received) beginning in April, 2022 for the two 2022 projects. Maine legislation now pending may provide funding for additional projects in and beyond 2022, so communities with a need should consider applying even beyond May, 2022. These additional projects can tailor final decision-making meetings to the scheduling convenience of the municipalities of the community involved.
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