Lakewood Township Votes to Dissolve Current EMS Department

LAKEWOOD The township is looking to eliminate its Emergency Medical Services Department by as early as the end of February, Committeeman Steven Langert confirmed, meaning some 28 workers could lose their jobs.

Lakewood’s EMS unit, which pays its employees, had a deficit last year of $770,000 a debt that is expected only to increase this year and the next, town officials said. Privatizing the service would potentially save the town between $800,000 and $1 million, according to Langert.

“We believe another provider can give better service than the township can to our residents and can do it at a better price than we can,” he said.

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