Conn. Officials Promote ‘First Responders’ Village’ As Housing, Recruitment Solution

LYME, Conn. — The town’s Affordable Housing Commission has outlined its vision for a First Responders’ Village that could help retain a youthful crew of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians who serve as the backbone of the town’s emergency services.

Commission Co-Chairwomen Carol House and Carleen Gerber on Monday laid out their $750,000 proposal for a 3.6-acre property just over a half mile from the Hamburg Road fire station. They said buying the property and making minimal upgrades to the house and a detached apartment there would allow as many as six volunteer firefighters to move in at affordable rents right away.

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