The City of Steubenville (OH) will no longer be outsourcing ambulances, WTOV-TV reports.
The city is set to launch its own service within the next two weeks, and will have its own staff and three ambulances at its disposal.
Fire Chief Carlo Capaldi tells the station previous providers were having issues with staffing and keeping enough units on the road. He says having a local ambulance service will mean faster response times.
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The new service comes at a perfect time because the city has seen an uptick of 911 calls during the pandemic, he said.
“The pro for us is that before we would send a fire engine and the guys on the fire engine would do what they could until the ambulance arrived on scene,” Capaldi said. “Now, we will be able to send an ambulance right away and our guys will work on that level.”
The ambulances come at zero cost to taxpayers as funding has been taken care of through the CARES Act.
The city will not receive federal funding to staff the ambulances, however. The Herald-Star reports the application for a SAFER grant was denied.