Chief Bob Resetar of the Lanoka Harbor EMS is distraught over the amount of funding the township provides to the EMS squads.
The township donates $35,000 but of that, $5,000 goes directly to the county dispatch.
Resetar does not see how the squad can continue to operate under the current conditions.
The annual budget for LHEMS is $65,000
If the township were ever to increase their donation, they would have to cut back other areas.
Resetar mentioned that it is possible that they may have to start charging down the road otherwise the township would have to resort to downsizing or paid services.
If the squad was to charge, the system would be similar to Revenue Rescue, seeking primarily funds from insurance companies.
One call that results in a trip to the hospital is approximately $800, Resetar said.
If the township resorted to a paid service, there would most likely only be one truck and many calls would go unanswered, Resetar said. A paid service would not cover the football games unless they received additional compensation.
What should be done? Should the EMS squad begin to charge for their services?