MANCHESTER - With its finances under some stress, the Manchester Rescue Squad is approaching the town for adjustments in municipal support. The rescue squad currently receives $10,000 in municipal aid from the town; however, this is down from last fiscal year by $5,000, and will continue to decrease over the next two years until the town is giving no municipal aid. This is part of an agreement that allows the squad to lease the town's building rent-free and without paying for dispatch services, saving them approximately $200,000.

Dorset will continue to provide approximately $12,000 in municipal aid, along with the other four towns served by the squad.

The rescue squad needs additional revenue to offset costs for new equipment and maintenance of their three ambulances, MRS President Ben Weiss and MRS Chief Operating Officer Mike Casey told the Manchester Select Board at their meeting on Tuesday.

The rescue squad is not a municipal entity, but the town has an agreement with the squad that allows them to request funds from the town. Weiss explained that last year, the rescue squad operated in the red, or over-budget. For the 2013/2014 fiscal year, he said that they are striving to operate on a budget of $750,000 in expenses through their regular billing, a subscription service, and fundraising.

They are hoping to raise $82,000 through fundraising in order to break even.


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Casey said that their regular billing can sometimes be a problem and does not generate as much money as they need.

Patients who require transportation to one of the area hospitals are billed for that service; others provide for that through an annual $95 "subscription" which covers all potential trips to a hospital.

The service is available to anyone regardless of whether the person has private insurance,