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Las Vegas Chief Proposes Takeover of EMS Transports

LAS VEGAS (Review-Journal) – With more than 100 private ambulance employees glaring at his back Wednesday, Las Vegas Fire Chief Willie McDonald told City Council members that he has changed the balance of lucrative hospital transports so his department will handle 50 percent of the calls. McDonald’s goal is to eliminate the dual response system where medical calls are answered by both the Fire Department and private ambulances, with only one getting to bill for transporting a patient to the hospital. He told the council it’s a waste of resources to have both respond unless there’s a critical need. By eliminating the dual response method, he said “You don’t send ’em when you don’t need ’em.”