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Cottonwood Shores VFD accepts contract for emergency services

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

COTTONWOOD SHORES — Residents of Cottonwood Shores will have emergency services for another year.

The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department voted unanimously to accept the city’s contract as written during its Sept. 16 board meeting.

“Now, it’s just a matter of getting it signed,” said board secretary Janet Taylor-Carusi. “We’ll keep doing what we’re doing for the next year and maybe next year have a better chance to negotiate.”

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The department had requested $39,500 from the city for this fiscal year. The contract is for $33,000, $1,000 less than last year.

The board signed the contract Sept. 16, and now the city council is expected to accept the contract during its Sept. 18 regular meeting.

The contract states that the VFD “agrees to provide emergency services to the city and agrees to

perform the services that are customarily performed by a typical municipal fire

department.”

Those services include:

  • citywide fire protection and suppression
  • hazardous materials response
  • first responder emergency medical services
  • emergency rescue
  • providing other assistance to the public as dispatched
  • setting goals (before contract signing) for registered membership and certified firefighters
  • setting a donation goal of at least 25 percent of the combination of city and county funding

The contract also states the department will submit a quarterly accounting statement and an annual audit to the city.

The council meeting is 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the City Hall, 3808 Cottonwood Drive.

jared@thepicayune.com