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MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Public Safety Committee on Wednesday reviewed the contract with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies.

County Executive Vince Horrigan asked committee members to support the new contract in spite of questions about emergency medical training for deputies. Sheriff Joseph Gerace is requesting reimbursement for each of the deputies who completes a state course to become an EMT. According to Horrigan, there may be a time when deputies get additional pay for completing the course.

Horrigan said the sheriff will model his program after those in other counties where deputies already have medical training and it works out well.

“The implementation of this program needs to come before the public safety committee,” said Horrigan.

Horrigan said that some members of the legislature had raised questions about  how deputies would prioritize situations where they acted as EMTs and were also on the scene as a member of the police force.

Horrigan said he did not expect that the situation would come up often but that it should be addressed. 

All actions by the Public Safety Committee will be on the agenda for next Wednesday’s meeting of the full  County Legislature.