PEMBROKE — At their regular town meeting Monday, Pembroke council members decided to donate two surplus Crown Victorias from the Pembroke Police Department to be used as a quick response vehicle, also known as a chase vehicle, to the Pembroke Rescue Squad.
The vehicle will be used for Emergency Medical Services and for errands and assistance.
Flora Lowry, a board member of the Pembroke squad, said the vehicles could attend to patients within five to 10 minutes of a call.
“The ultimate goal is to decrease our response time,” she said.
Mayor Greg Cummings didn’t hesitate to support the decision and praised the squad for the work they do in the community.
“We often take our first responders for granted,” Cummings said. “They are the first to be on these sites and I would like to thank them for what they do.”
Also at the meeting:
— John Masters, an auditor from S. Preston Douglas & Associates LLP, presented a good fiscal health report for the 2016-17 year.
The report said that during the past four years, the town has increased its General Fund balance by nearly 200 percent and the structural debt has decreased from around $6 million to approximately $4 million.
“It really is outstanding,” Masters said.
Town Manager Tyler Thomas credited the commissioners.
“It basically mirrors the growth the town has seen over the past years,” Thomas said.
He said that the growth was a product of tough decisions made by the board.
— Cummings encouraged Pembroke residents to vote in the municipal election today and praised the work of Commissioners Channing Jones and Theresa Locklear, who are incumbents seeking re-election in a four-person race for two seats.
“They have really done a great job here,” he said. “You have not seen the best yet.”
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