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Town of Canaan (population 1710)

Name of service/government operation: Chatham Rescue Squad - Ambulance

Form of sharing: Regional Ambulance Service - Individual Town Contracts - Share of Expenses based on population and number of calls

Services affected: Ambulance

Year started: 2010

Partners: Towns of Chatham, Ghent, Canaan, Austerlitz, New Lebanon

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): improve service - reduce costs

What planning process preceded the sharing? budgets, forecasts, interviews

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? Payment formula - population and calls

Benefits: ALS -2 service not BLS, multiple ambulances - improved response times

Impact on budget: -15,000 in expense

Impact on service: improved quality and response time