Nico Amuso, a four year member and EMT for the Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department, has been hired by the Town of Lanesborough as a DPW worker and EMT.

In order to keep up with daytime medical calls when most volunteer EMTs and/or firefighters are at their jobs, Lanesborough recently budgeted for 2 new highway workers who are also EMT certified.

The current law states that two EMTs must be present on the ambulance in order to transport a patient to BMC. If two EMTs are not available, ambulance service from Pittsfield would need to be called in, leaving the city of approximately 42,000 people with one less rig.

The hiring of two DPW/EMTs will most likely alleviate this problem, in a "kill two birds with one stone" mentality.

Amuso has experience working on the highway department and has been an EMT for two years, according iberkshires.com.

He would be a great person for this, particularly because he worked with the DPW in the past, Town Manager Paul Sieloff said, adding that Amuso has also indicated he'd like to pursue a commercial driver's license as well. We kind of hit the lottery.

Amuso starts on Monday, April 2. Another candidate will be interviewed for the remaining position at the next meeting.