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The New Year will be bringing in new changes for the South Shore Fire Department, including a new EMS Station, increased ambulance fees, and a new Technical Rescue Team, according to a story in the Journal Times.

New EMS Station

Later in January will begin recruitment of candidates for the department’s new emergency medical services (EMS) station. The new EMS station will be located near the intersection of Spring Street and Emmertson Road, but is currently under construction. The department will hire six emergency medical technicians that will allow the center to be staffed 24/7.

Ambulance Fees

The Fire/EMS Oversight Committee is planning to meet on Thursday, January 3 at 3:30 p.m. to approve new ambulance fee increases. The increases were supposed to be approved and put into effect on Jan. 1, but the Sturtevant Village Board had a tie vote at its last meeting, and thus did not come to a decision.

Tech Rescue Team

Soon-to-be established is the department’s technical rescue team, which will appear this year. They have been training for intense situations, including rescues in confined spaces, high places, hazardous waste, tower rescue, and trench collapse.