Brattleboro Faces Blaze Of Firefighter Departures Amid Town EMS Takeover Debate

A total of 16 staffers have quit in the year since municipal leaders — set to talk about ambulance coverage Tuesday — decided to test a move of all emergency medical services to the current 23-member fire department, a VTDigger review of personnel records shows.

BRATTLEBORO — A total of 16 firefighters have quit since this town’s government began debating whether its current 23-member fire department should take over all emergency medical services, personnel records show.

The private nonprofit Rescue Inc. operated ambulances for the municipality for nearly six decades before local leaders decided last year, with little public notice or debate, to drop Rescue’s $285,600 annual contract in favor of launching a transition plan toward a town takeover.

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