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Mid-Sussex Rescue faces financial crisis By Jim Cresson Local legislators and state fire service officials are meeting, May 2, to begin discussions on what they see as the eventual demise of Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad in Long Neck. A financing problem appears to also be endemic to sev- eral other ambulance services, statewide, that are not affiliated with fire companies. Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. drafted an April 24 letter on the subject to Sussex County Council- man Lynn Rogers and County Ad- ministrator Bob Stickels, with copies to the governor, the state fire commissioner, the Sussex County Chiefs Association, Sus- sex County volunteer Firemen As- sociation, Sussex county Ambu- lance Association and Delaware Economic Development Office. The Bunting letter reads, in part: "I would like to formally re- quest your input in seeking solu- tions to the potential ceasing of operations of the Mid-Sussex Res- cue Squad. There has been a re- quest made to the State Auditor's Office tO do an audit and establish the financial situation of the Mid- Sussex Rescue Squad. There are many questions regarding their fi- nances that need to be accurately answered for all those involved and especially the public at large." The letter contihues: "Mid-Sus- sex's ability to provide ambulance service in a growth area with few- er volunteers has meant that paid personnel have had to make up the difference. This is not a new prob- lem to the county or the state, but. one that seems to be worsening. We are finding that most fire com- panies with ambulance services must rely on their fire service money to carry their ambulance service with some exceptions. "This issue is vital to the health and welfare of the citizens of Long Neck area with the conse- quences of diminished ambulance service and all the ramifications of that possibility. The public is looking to the leadership of the county and state to help resolve this issue and provide a long-term solution. Working together, I be- lieve we can find a solution." In a discussion of the problem, Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, said: "Part of this is symptomatic of a growing state problem with a growing population. Ambulance trips are growing. Fire companies spend more and more money on staffing ambulance operations. Without the support of fire com- panies, independent ambulance services find it tough to continue operation. It's happening at Mid- Sussex, and It's happening in oth- er areas of the state. We have to find a way to halt the problem, and that way may be to find fire companies to support these inde- pendent ambulance operations." Simpson and Bunting would not speculate whether the construc- Continued on page 19 Expertise, Knowledge and Advice Available at No Extra Charge. Call me or stop byfWe're on your side. David Fetterman Richard Parsons, ocu Thad Truitt 200 N. Rehoboth Blvd. Shoppes of Camelot 365 SaVannah Rd. Milford Rdloboth, 226-7.545 Lewes 422-3079 57 Saulsbury Rd. 645-6459 Dover, 674-2810 .html G Nationwide" Insurance & Financial Services Nationwide Is On Your $id ... NallmCdtMue Ir, umm Cempmy Iml Mlbtld  Hmm Ollac Cdmlb Or443Z1S-2e I,!1 t IRe CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2008 - 9 Jim Cmuon photo Two new ambulances in the newly built Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad building stand ready to respond to Long Neck area people in need of assistance. Those new vehicles and the new building may be a large part of the reason why Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad's money is running out. Those close to the issue say the service that began in 1972 my be out of operation as soon as July.. As if the chair wasn't good enouoh already... order an Ekornes Stressless chair before May 26th and we'll qive you a free DVD player!* Abizak's *Popcorn not included 4120 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach 227-1500 Toll free 1-888-850-9224. Visit our other store in downtown Rohoboth e p| TradiffonM martial .tit traiMng;ah mphesis on = character development endseff-sc'line. Classes meet Man & Wed or Tues &Thurs fo::ildren and adults. Loweet menthol nrt in am and Space is limited and classes are filling up fast;_ Stop bY for a visit Mon-Thurs (after 5:45pm) or give us a call [| anytime at 226.b'TKD l$ffSSJ. Irlda Martial-Arts- Rehobeth. 4120 Highwsy One (above the Abizak's fumiture store) Proud to be an MWelal ;Park'a Martial Arts bmnr, h  (Grendmaster Sung Hong ParlcJounder). I I I L