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Raytown Fire District response to the letter of declination.

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Contact Matt Mace
Telephone 816-737-6034
Email mattm@raytownfire.com
Website Raytownfire.blogspot.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2013

   

STATEMENT REGARDING RAYTOWN FIRE/RAYTOWN EMS MERGER

During the meeting of the Raytown city council on October 15th, 2013, Alderman Charlotte Melson spoke
on behalf of the City’s EMS merger discussion committee. She stated that the EMS/Fire merger discussion
committee has decided that the merger is not advantageous to the city at this time and they will not be
moving forward.

The Fire District continues to believe that fire based EMS in our community would provide better value to
our citizens and improve service delivery. The Fire District presented a detailed proposal in May of 2013 to
substantiate this assertion. This proposal was developed with the cooperation of the City of Raytown, who
provided audited financial information. That information was utilized to develop the consolidation
proposal. In July of 2013, the city’s Fire/EMS merger discussion committee held their only public meeting
to discuss the proposal. At that meeting, officials from the Fire District were discouraged from participating
in the discussion regarding the proposal. In fact, city officials have avoided any discussion with the Fire
District regarding the details of the proposal.

Fire Board President Robert Palmer issued the following statement:

The Fire District was shocked and disappointed by Alderman Melson’s announcement at the council
meeting on Tuesday. We were given no notice that the statement was forthcoming and were provided
with a brief letter from Alderman Melson immediately after the meeting. The letter, which follows this
release, contains no explanation for the decision. The Fire Board is unsure of Alderman Melson’s motive,
be we are hopeful that Mayor Bower and the other aldermen will intervene and bring this issue in front of
the full board for a vote. Our citizens deserve the opportunity to have an issue of this importance discussed
in a public venue. We remain interested in cooperating with the city to improve the value and efficiency of
emergency service delivery in our community. Our door is, and will remain open when the city is ready to
have a substantive discussion regarding this issue.

For reference, the letter to the Fire District from Alderman Melson and the proposal from the Fire District
which was presented to the City of Raytown in May of 2013 are attached after this statement.

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