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Kansas City to Merge MAST into FD

The Kansas City Council took a step today toward merging the MAST ambulance system directly into the city s fire department but stopped short of a final vote.

The council voted 7-6 in favor of an amendment that called for assigning management of the ambulance service to the city s Fire Department. But the council agreed to postpone a final vote on the amended ordinance until it holds a public hearing next Thursday.

Councilman John Sharp objected strenuously to the amendment and urged the council to approve his original ordinance, which instead called for incorporating the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust, currently a separate non-profit agency, into city government as a separate department. Sharp said that was the recommendation of a blue ribbon panel of experts earlier this year as well as the path the council has been on since it supported the panel recommendation in April.

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