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Ambulance Reform on Hold in Kansas City

Theoretically, moving ambulance service into City Hall could make a lot of sense.

The city could boldly move to hire more ambulance employees, buy more ambulances and provide a better emergency medical system for Kansas Citians.

The city could eliminate 100 or even more firefighting positions. They no longer would be needed because the Fire Department wouldn t always have to send a gaggle of firefighters to medical emergencies anymore.

Now, back to the real world.

Unfortunately, the city is following standard operating procedure when it comes to revamping the solid performance that the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust has offered for decades as a quasi-public agency operating outside City Hall.

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Ambulance reform slips into a political coma at City Hall