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Sarasota News Leader July 12, 2013 Page 44 services the county provides in Venice — in- WEIGHING THE FACTORS cluding $110,000 a year for EMS and $110,000 Holic remains interested in finding out more a year for 911 Fire Department dispatch. about the possibility of the city providing EMS service to its residents. The commissioners, though, did mull over one He said he actually had been trying for weeks concern if Venice officials assume responsibil- to get data from county officials so he could ity for EMS in the city: The county has about determine whether it would be advantageous for the city to make the change. 27 EMTs who work primarily in Venice. "We have not received the information we reMike Tobias, the county's fire chief and direc- quested," Holic said. tor of emergency services, pointed out that Taking over the service is still an option, the some of those positions could be absorbed mayor pointed out. into the agency as other emergency officials "We are not looking to make money on it," retire. On average, about 40 county firefighter/ Holic said. "We are looking to see if we can EMTs retire every year, he noted. take it over and not lose money." % "Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women like to be a man's last romance." — Oscar Wilde Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. 1300 Main Street • Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Auto • Home • Life Renters • Motorcycles Flood • Business • Annuities Financial Services Click for driving directions

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