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Neighbors covering ambulance calls in Oregon

Possibility of referendum to be discussed

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Just more than a week after its privately owned ambulance service closed down, Oregon’s ambulance calls continue to be answered by neighboring fire departments.

Oregon Fire Chief Don Heller said Monday that, for the time being, ambulances from other communities will answer calls in the Oregon Fire District.

“I won’t have any more information until after our meeting July 9,” Heller said. “I won’t have anything more to say about the ambulance until after that.”

One of the topics that will likely be discussed is having a referendum that would allow the fire district to tax residents for an ambulance service run by the fire department.

Heller said the earliest that could appear on the ballot would be the Nov. 4 election. The deadline for filing referendum documents is in August.

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