Officials Study Options Between Fire Dept. or Private EMS

City officials once again are considering whether to have the Fire Department handle ambulance service in the city, leave medical calls entirely in the hands of a private contractor, or do something in between.

The city last studied the issue 10 years ago, concluding that change was expensive and unnecessary.

Firefighters respond to all serious medical calls and generally arrive before the contracted private ambulance company, Rural/Metro Medical Services. But, in 1999, a city consultant estimated that a city-run ambulance service would cost taxpayers $1 million annually.

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