Two informational meetings on a possible consolidation of ambulance services in the Cohocton-Wayland region are set for next week.

Two informational meetings on a possible consolidation of ambulance services in the Cohocton-Wayland region are set for next week.

The potential of combining emergency medical services in the town and village of Cohocton, the Atlanta-North Cohocton Fire district, and the town and village of Wayland have been studied since last fall.

In January, the village of Wayland said it was withdrawing from the study, charging it would have to bear the bulk of expenses.

Steuben County Office of Emergency Services Director Mike Sprague said the village pullout may have been premature, since it was based on a draft and not a final document.

The draft report now includes the effect on area ambulance services with and without the village of Wayland, he said.  Sprague said the meetings next week will provide several options and details for area residents, and gather input from the public.

“This is not a public hearing,” he said. “It’s public information. We’re not going to make anybody do anything. All this is is a study. The hard work starts after that, when the communities themselves decide what to do.”

The two meetings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Atlanta-North Cohocton Fire Hall and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wayland-Cohocton Central School High School LGI Room.

Organizers are hoping for a big turnout both nights, Sprague said. “The people need the facts,” he said. “Not opinions, or allegiances.”