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EMS on life support

Hobbs, who was honored as state Basic Life Support Provider of Year last year, has been an EMT 43 years.

There is a Crown Point student studying to become an EMT, but she won't be certified until late November, Hobbs said.

"People aren't knocking at the door asking to become EMTs," Hobbs said.

Crown Point will always have ambulance service, Hobbs said, but it will be radically different than it is now. Either the fire company will hire professional EMTs, which Newcomb already does, or it will contract with a professional ambulance service.

Kosmider is hopeful local EMT candidates will step forward and save the current volunteer service. She said the town can't afford professional EMTs and a professional service won't be able to provide services like the local fire company.

"If this happens, people will be served by CVPH (Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital) or Lamoille, who charge for their services, much of which is not covered by insurance and the wait time will be longer," Kosmider said. "It's not a good thing. The other option is a paid department and we just cannot afford this."

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