Nick McWilliams reporting – Dover has passed legislation proposing a new five-year contract with Dover Township for emergency medical services.

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, the committee of the whole met with Fire Chief Russ Volkert to discuss the proposed changes, with the contract set to begin in January.

The township would pay the city $120,000 for salaries, up from $92,500 from their previous agreement.

Interim Mayor Shane Gunnoe says that the proposed changes will be beneficial to the city, and reflect continually rising costs related to fire operations.

“The proposed contract brings increased funding to our city’s fire department, including equipment upgrades and substantial funding towards a new ambulance, and expediting the approval of this agreement will allow us to get those items quicker and hopefully cheaper.”

Additionally, the township will pay $150,000 towards the purchase of a new ambulance,  $100,000 for self-contained breathing-apparatus equipment, and another $30,000 for future equipment upgrades.

The additional dollars work out to a 25-percent increase from the previous five-year agreement, or $200,000 more during the life on the contract. 

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