Richard Hoppes

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The Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes wants to increase some EMS Ambulance fees to better match other agencies.

The increases would range from $70 to $144 depending on the circumstance.

The basic Life Support Services would go up from $431 to $500.

In addition, the department wants non-residents to pay more than local residents for EMS ambulance services.

The Salisbury City Council last night asked the department to look at how the fee changes would affect the city’s mutual agreements with other communities.

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The Wicomico Middle School will be closed today and tomorrow following a power outage yesterday morning. 

Superintendent John Fredericksen issued a statement that the facility would not be open again until Monday.

Parents were able to pick up the students yesterday after a second power failure as fire crew arrived for a call about an electrical blaze fire.

WBOC reports that Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes said that fire crews from Salisbury, Parsonsburg and Delmar responded to the scene where the blaze is believed to have started in a mechanical room.

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Salisbury finally has a permanent Fire Chief.

Richard Hoppes has been promoted from acting to the permanent fire chief after having lost two previous bids for the top spot.

In 2009 he south the job after the retirement of former fire Chief David See and again in 2012 when See’s permanent replacement quit.

At the time, the City Council majority rejected Hoppes despite Mayor Jim Ireton’s backing.

Instead, they agreed to allow him to continue on in an acting position.