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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eight fire and rescue departments in southern Maine were recently awarded a $225,000 grant to help them train community paramedics.

The departments are still trying to figure out how they'll use the program in their communities, but community paramedicine is not new to Maine.

There are 13 ambulance services offering home visits through community paramedics, including United Ambulance Service, which covers the greater Lewiston-Auburn area and Bridgton.

Community paramedicine expands the role of medics to assist people in accessing primary care options; options that are often less expensive than a trip to the E.R.

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