OLEAN — The Olean Fire Department could become a much different organization, with volunteer firefighters providing fire protection and a private contractor handling ambulance calls.
During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Common Council’s Labor Relations Committee, Jim Brady, committee chair R-Ward 1, released preliminary recommendations he based on results of his probe of the department.
From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Brady said the department’s call log listed a total of 26,300 calls. During that time period, 22,403 were for ambulance calls and 78 were for structure fires. Additional calls the department responded to were for false alarms, brush fires, open-burn complaints and vehicle fires, among other things.
Based on those figures in his probe of the department, Mr. Brady suggested city officials consider hiring a private entity to handle ambulance calls for Olean.
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