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Fire Service Agreement Talks to Begin Tuesday in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.– Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has appointed three people to lead the city's efforts to reach a fire service agreement with Wicomico County.

Salisbury City Council President Jake Day, Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes and Salisbury Assistant City Manager Julia Glanz will spearhead the negotiations in meetings beginning Tuesday in the Government Office Building, the mayor announced Monday.

These meetings will not be open to the public, at the insistence of Wicomico County leaders.

According to the the city, here is what is known about the Salisbury Fire Department's current response to calls within Wicomico County:

- The city responds to 62.95 percent of the total fire calls in the county;

- The city responds to 66.71 percent of all EMS calls in the county;

- The city serves 56.58 percent of the county population

- The city serves 58.38 percent of the county's assessed valuation; 

- The city received 23.87 percent of the county's total funding for fire and EMS in FY14

The City of Salisbury has offered three possible solutions including an assessable base model, a five-year reduction plan and an equitable compensation plan.

“It is important to know that Salisbury has been seeking an equitable fire service agreement for 10 years,” Ireton said in a statement. “That is approximately $14 million in free services provided by Salisbury taxpayers. We can negotiate boundaries for the fire district, but we cannot afford to give away any more money or provide more service.”

The mayor went on to say he has tasked Day, Hoppes and Glanz with changing the way the city does business in providing fire and EMS services to Wicomico County residents.

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