Assembly OKs pact linking Homer, Kachemak Emergency Service Area

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2005

The city of Homer will continue providing fire and emergency medical services to residents of the Kachemak Emergency Service Area under an agreement approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its Nov. 1 meeting.

The agreement is the sixth such contract signed since formation of the service area in 2000.

It still must be approved by the Homer City Council, but presuming that detail is completed, the 18-month agreement will cost the service area just under $284,000 and will be retroactive to July 1, 2005.

It will expire on Dec. 31, 2006.

The contract includes provisions for two subsequent automatic one-year terms.

As in prior versions of the agreement, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department will use available KESA gear and facilities for the benefit of Homer, Kachemak City and the service area. Homer will charge for emergency medical services within the KESA response area at the same rate it charges for responses within the city limits.

The city and the service area are committed by the contract to work cooperatively toward improving services through shorter response times and recruitment of volunteers.

The contract leaves operational control in the hands of the Homer fire chief.

That is, apparatus would be deployed as necessary in an emergency by the city's chief without prior approval of the service area chief. Deployment for other purposes would require approval of the Kachemak service area chief.

Further, the Homer chief would be consulted prior to specification, purchase, modification or utilization of any emergency equipment or apparatus used under terms of the contract.

The aim is to create as much standardization as possible, according to the agreement.

The service area is free to contract with anyone it chooses for equipment maintenance services as long as equipment is maintained to city standards.

The service area may contract with the city for such maintenance work for a fee over and above the fire and emergency services cost. At its own expense, the city will test and inspect KESA equipment.

The contract also includes a provision naming the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kachemak Emergency Service Area as additional insured entities on the city's comprehensive general liability insurance policy for acts performed under the contract.

Likewise, the borough will name the city as an insured entity under its comprehensive general liability policy.

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