Nick Sabo/News Fredericktown Community Fire District board member Dick Kershner holds a sign at a joint meeting of the fire board and Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District Wednesday that he said represents persecution and intimidation for his vote against day time staffing.

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Fredericktown Community Fire District board member Dick Kershner holds a sign at a joint meeting of the fire board and Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District Wednesday that he said represents persecution and intimidation for his vote against day time staffing. Request this photo

FREDERICKTOWN — A merger of the Fredericktown Community Fire District and the Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District will only happen if both boards want it.

Otherwise, it won’t happen.

In a joint meeting Wednesday that also heard a lot of back-and-forth on daytime staffing for the FCFD, a merger seems unlikely. Several members of the EMS board expressed their opinion that a merger was not a good thing for the community; fire boardmember Gary Alverson also said he is against it.

The meeting opened with Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville referencing the section of Ohio law that describes the process for a merger of separate fire and EMS boards that serve the same geographical area. McConville said that if a merger of the two departments were to occur, it must be done by a joint decision from both boards. Once formed, the two boards would become a single fire and EMS board.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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