Many municipal leaders in rural Ontario are against the idea of firefighters responding to paramedic calls.

One of them is Minden Hills Mayor Brent Devolin, who says proposed changes to the Ambulance Act would allow firefighters to respond to calls deemed less serious.

Lower-tier governments are concerned with the concept because paramedics services are split 50-50 between the province and municipalities, while fire services are 100 per cent funded by a municipality.

Devolin says Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care doesn’t have communities lining up offering to test the program.

Minister Eric Hoskins gave the update at a conference last month.

Devolin says politicians were assured that the changes will not be implemented if the pilot projects don’t succeed.

Devolin says he believes the government is looking for an exit strategy is this initiative.