Houston City Council Considers Privatizing EMS

Joel Eisenbaum, Click2Houston
Houston City Council Considers Privatizing EMS
(Click2Houston)

HOUSTON (Click2Houston) - In a City of Houston Public Safety and Homeland Security committee meeting Tuesday, Councilman Mike Knox floated the idea of privatizing the city's ambulance service. 

While Knox stopped short of advocating such a move, he said the idea merits further study. His comments drew immediate push-back from both the Houston Professional Fire Firefighters Association and its endorsement for mayor, Councilman Dwight Boykins. 

nox argues that the current system of maintaining a fleet of working fire engines, ladder trucks and ambulances is not cost-effective for the city. Tuesday, a report undertaken by Rice University graduate students recommended the addition of five ambulances during peak times. The cost of that equipment alone is approximately $300,000 per ambulance. MORE

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