Darien hears rescue options

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June 3, 2009
— Town officials have no plans to hire Delavan Rescue Squad anytime soon.

Chief John Kramer's and Capt. Todd Blume's presentation Tuesday night was meant only to be informational, Chairman Cecil Logterman said.

The two spoke to the town board about the squad's services and about emergency services in general.

"We're not looking at hiring them. We're not looking at going with them," Logterman told The Janesville Gazette before the meeting.

But one village of Darien official in the audience said the thought of dissolving Darien Fire and Rescue was "deplorable."

Currently, Darien Fire and Rescue, 311 W. Madison St., Darien, provides emergency services to the village of Darien and Darien Township.

Logterman said the information Kramer and Blume shared will be passed on to professionals expected to complete a study of emergency services in the city of Delavan, the village of Darien and the townships of Delavan and Darien.

Three of the four municipalities have agreed to spend about $8,400 each on a study of the feasibility of combined services. The Delavan Town Board has not yet made a decision on the issue.

Delavan Rescue Squad is one of only a handful of private, non-profit paramedic services in the state, Kramer said. The squad contracts with the city of Delavan; the city of Elkhorn; the town of Richmond and the village of Sharon to provide rescue services, he said.

"It's not all or nothing," Kramer said. "It's not, 'Just us, or we're not going to participate.'"

At a recent village of Darien meeting, board member Craig McCue was in favor of pitching in money to research options for changes to services in the Delavan-Darien area.

In the audience at Darien Town Hall on Tuesday night, McCue clarified his stance.

"If there is an attempt to dissolve the EMS of the town and village, I find that deplorable," McCue said.

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