The Town of Derry will enter into another contract agreement with Windham to provide fire and EMS (emergency medical services) dispatching for the neighboring community.
Fire Chief Michael Gagnon and Director of Communications Jon Goldman presented the agreement at the Nov. 17 Town Council meeting. The agreement, which along with Auburn and Chester’s agreements brings $176,277 into town coffers, was approved by the Town Council.
Gagnon said the Chester and Auburn agreements were updated last June and went into effect July 1. While the Windham agreement doesn’t expire until June 2016, he said early review of the contract would allow Windham to budget for it and also help Derry to budget more efficiently.
The contract is identical to Chester’s and Auburn’s, with a 5 percent compounded increase over the five years.
Goldman said Derry has been dispatching for Windham since 2002.
According to the arrangement, Derry receives E-911 calls, dispatches resources from the appropriate Windham department, and monitors response and radio communications from the scene.
Gagnon wrote in a memo that Derry has been “at the forefront in southern New Hampshire of regionalizing municipal EMS and dispatch services for at least two decades.”
Gagnon and Goldman said the income from the three contracts for FY 2017 is expected to be $176,277.
“The data is clear and the presentation thorough,” Councilor David Fischer said.
“It is a good contract,” Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores agreed. “The revenue is impressive. This is the right way to make money.”
Katsakiores asked if the contract meant that Derry would need to hire more dispatch staff and Goldman said no.
“It’s not costing us anymore to have them,” Councilor Joshua Bourdon said. “This is a win-win.”
The Council voted 5-0 to approve the contract.