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South Sioux City Council approves SPI agreement

South Sioux City Council approves SPI agreement

The city currently pays thousands of dollars a month for ambulance help from SPI and says it's not currently using the service enough to justify that expense.

The South Sioux City City Council approved a modified agreement which will pay SPI based on the number of calls it services.

"Instead of paying thousands of dollars per month, we're only going to be paying so much per call now, which will be $200 a call,"said Fire Chief Clint Merithew.

South Sioux City also discussed efforts to hire five new firefighters.

The city has received a $620,000 grant from FEMA which will cover 75 percent of the salaries and benefits of those new personnel for two years and 25 percent in year three with the city covering the rest.

"We have another existing paramedic that is going to be moving on he's going to go up to Sioux Falls as a flight medic and we need to hire that position as well so that was the main discussion tonight since it's all civil service," he said.

They have until September 15th to identify which personnel the grant will cover. South Sioux City Fire Rescue will be celebrating the grand opening of their new fire station this Monday, September 11th at 11 am.

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