In 2002 the prison was moved to Warren and the Service responded to calls there. In 2004, because of an increase in calls and population and a statutory reduction in reimbursement, the Service requested that the Department's board grant a waiver to release it's response obligation to the prison. The Service further claimed that the term "public" did not apply to the prison for statutory response requirements, The board refused to grant a waiver. The Service sought review and the court ruled that the prison was "public" for response purposes but that the board erred in not granting the waiver. Both parties appealed.
The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine held that since the term "public" was ambiguous the board's interpretation was reasonable. It was held that the Service failed to show "extraordinary circumstances" to support a waiver. The court further urged the parties to find a non judicial solution. See: Town of Warren Ambulance Service v. Department of Public Safety, 2007 Me. 120 (Me. 2007).
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Town of Warren Ambulance Service v. Department of Public Safety
|Cite||2007 Me. 120 (Me. 2007)|
|Level||State Supreme Court|