City Council to discuss Ogdensburg Rescue Squad agreement at tonight’s meeting
OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg City Council will revisit an agreement that allows the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad at the Dec. 11 council meeting tonight.
The council tabled a resolution at it the most recent meeting.The resolution would allow the squad to provide service within the city limits and bill users of the service directly.
The city, which is struggling financially, provides in-kind services to the squad. This includes at cost fuel sale, docking space for rescue boat, sewer and water service, breathing air refills, snow removal and workman’s compensation coverage.
In return OVRS provides transports services for city employees and retirees at no charge, provides automobile extrication, offshore rescue and recovery service and emergency scene standby and rehabilitative services.
Councilors said they would like to see the representatives from the rescue squad attend a council meeting to discuss the agreement, but it is unclear if representatives will attend.
The OVRS is made up of over 40 volunteers, 12 employees including a full time director of operations.
The squad covers approximately 175 square miles and responds to 2,300 calls annually, according to the OVRS website.