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Amarillo IAFF Local Pitches City-owned Ambulance Service

The president of the Amarillo firefighters union plans to make a public pitch for the city to run its own ambulance service at today’s Amarillo City Commission meeting.

The Amarillo Fire Department could supply better emergency medical transportation service than the national provider that has requested a permit to operate within the city, James Williams, president of Amarillo Professional Firefighters Association Local 542, said Monday.

The future of ambulance service in the city became an issue for the commission in September, when Northwest Texas Healthcare System announced it is negotiating to sell its ambulance business to American Medical Resources, one of the largest emergency medical service providers in the nation.

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