DON’T WORRY. . .
  HAWLEY CONTINUES TO BE SERVED
BY MULTIPLE AMBULANCE PROVIDERS

The Hawley Select Board would like to issue this statement to clarify certain misunderstandings and rumors that have recently arisen regarding ambulance service.  Hawley is served by a number of ambulance providers, both EMT basic and Paramedic level, on a mutual aid basis.  This system exists to ensure rapid responses even if one particular ambulance is not available.  We are not dependent upon a single ambulance service to ensure patient care.  Regardless of how the ongoing situation with Charlemont Ambulance develops, anyone who dials 911 will still be able to get an ambulance.  In the long term, we are investigating a number of possible options for developing a stable relationship with a primary provider.

The Hawley Select Board has been, and remains, willing to work with our partners in the Town of Charlemont and the Charlemont Ambulance Service to preserve and continue the long standing relationship that has existed between our two Towns.  We are not necessarily opposed to making reasonable financial contributions.  However, our position is, and has always been, that paying over any kind of funding is conditioned upon having a written contract that clearly defines the obligations and expectations of the parties and is based on a clear and transparent financial methodology.  We have repeatedly expressed our willingness to meet with Charlemont’s Select Board, Finance Committee, and Emergency Services to negotiate such an agreement.  We continue to be willing to meet with our colleagues in Charlemont whenever they are willing to meet with us. 

IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE REST ASSURED THAT WHEN YOU CALL AN AMBULANCE, YOU WILL GET ONE.

Sincerely,
The Hawley Board of Selectmen
Hussain Hamdan, Chair
Robert MacLean
Robert Root

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