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MORE PARAMEDICS AVAILABLE IN ORANGE

The City Council in Orange amended Tuesday the code of ordinances concerning emergency and non-emergency ambulance services which will keep more paramedics available for emergencies in the city.  Acadian Ambulance asked the City of Orange Fire Department to recommend the amendment.

Deputy Fire Chief Lee Anne Brown (left) made the request that language be added to the ordinance to include an Emergency Care Attendant or ECA as a member of the responding ambulance unit.  The amendment will also allow the Senior Paramedic on the scene determine the transfer status of the patient.

Robert Crane with Acadian Ambulance Service said the ECA would be a qualified first responder that could handle less serious emergencies while allowing more qualified paramedics handle life threatening emergencies.  Crane said Acadian is working with college students interested in becoming paramedics to begin work as an Emergency Care Attendant and then advance with further training as a full paramedic. 

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The City Council approved the purchase of a 2022 bulk waste loader from Freightliner.  The cost is not to exceed $190,000.

Assistant Engineer James Ingram with the Public Works Department recommended six contracts for multiple municipal projects for over a half million dollars that were all approved by the City Council.  Ingram’s request for the purchase of a 416 Backhoe from Mustang CAT for $97,000 was approved as well.

The Beagle Road Lift Station upgrade was approved.  Ingram indicated the work should start shortly and believes the project could be completed by late January 2022 or in February of that year.

Planning Director Kelvin Knauf gave a presentation concerning the task of code enforcement policies, practices, and procedures.  Knauf explained that there are 17 codes enforced by the City of Orange.  Just because a property is ugly or tacky looking does not mean it is violating a municipal code unless it is in the Historic District.

The City of Orange is 21 square miles and is composed of 8,438 properties in 141 subdivisions.  The city only has two staff members to handle any code violations which makes the task virtually impossible according to Knauf. 

Written by Dan Perrine

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