Gwinnett County fire Chief Casey Snyder presents his department's budget requests on Tuesday.
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Gwinnett fire asks for new med units in slow response areas

The Gwinnett County fire department wants to equip two of its slowest-responding stations with new medical units and personnel. 

Chief Casey Snyder made the request during a Tuesday morning presentation, part of four days worth of Gwinnett County departments presenting their 2018 budget requests in front of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash and a seven-member citizen review team. 

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According to information presented Tuesday, two of Gwinnett’s three slowest response times on medical calls are in the coverage areas of stations 27 (2825 Old Fountain Road in Dacula) and 30 (1052 Ozora Road in Loganville). Those stations are the only ones in the county that do not currently have their own medical units.

The new units would cost over $1.4 million, Snyder said. That number includes the salaries of 18 new department members to staff the units. 

Nash will not make her formal 2018 budget proposal until the end of November.

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