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Lee Co. moves forward with fire/EMS merger

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Lee County Commissioners got more details Tuesday night on how a plan to merge the fire and EMS departments might help the county.

Consultant Skip Starling showed how the merger and adding unmanned fire sub-stations and volunteer stations would improve fire protection coverage in much of the county.

Under the plan fire and EMS would likely be overseen by a Director of Public Safety. The departments would essentially continue to operate separately, but EMS employees would be cross-trained and would help firefighters when needed. "Those people are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and then to have them cross-trained where they're able to assist with the fire on these structure fires that's a huge event. It almost doubles our manpower," Starling said.

Supporters say the merger should improve the county's ISO rating, bringing down insurance premiums for property owners.

The commission previously voted to move toward the merger. They'll take a vote on making it official in two weeks.

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