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March 27, 2013

Selectmen OK upgrade of ambulance service

Merrimac took another step forward in the rejuvenation and modernization of the community by approving the Fire Department’s request to upgrade its ambulance service from basic life support to advanced life support. The $8,000 investment required for emergency medical equipment, which the department will fund out of its existing budget, will enable faster response to medical emergencies, while reducing dependence on the resources of neighboring towns.

Fire officials estimate that the change will save as much as five minutes on a typical emergency medical response by not waiting for an ambulance from Amesbury, or as much as 15 minutes when waiting for assistance from as far away as Newburyport. As a plus, Merrimac will be able to bill for ambulance services and retain the funds instead of reimbursing other towns.

The Merrimac Fire Department’s request to upgrade its emergency care from intermediate to full paramedic was unanimously approved by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting Monday.

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The Merrimac Senior Center will host a Candidates & Issues Forum on Thursday, April 4. All are welcome, no cost or registration is required, and residents may quiz the candidates on any topic. Presentations will explain the new emergency radio system and the Senior Center budget.

“This is a great opportunity to ask questions and find out what’s going on in town,” said Selectman Laura Mailman, who is also director of the Senior Center.

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The 10th Annual Senior Center Golf Tourney is scheduled for Friday, August 16, at Apple Hill in East Kingston, N.H. Fee is $90 for those aged 65 and over, $99 for others, including golf cart rental, 18 holes of golf and dinner. All funds will go to support Senior Center programs. Volunteers are also welcome.

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Next Monday, selectmen will discuss and vote on proposed Town Meeting warrant articles. Residents are encouraged to attend and express their opinions at Merrimac Town Hall at 7 p.m.

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