The Merton Town Board has agreed to extend its contract for fire and emergency medical services by six months with the privately operated Merton Community Fire Department.
According to Merton Chairman Tim Klink, the contract extension will expire June 30. Klink said the goal for the town is to have a single-carrier system for fire and EMS at some point.
Western Lakes Fire District, which already services most of the town, would be the sole carrier.
"The reason we want to go to the one service is because we can have a seat on Western Lakes' board, so we have a say in capital outlay, staffing and everything else," Klink said. "Right now, we do not have a seat on the board. That was the goal right from the get-go when we started three years ago with this."