La. residents concerned about privatization of EMS services
The chief has proposed that the city hire a private company to take care of billing
GONZALES, La. — Senior citizens in Gonzales are worried a change in emergency medical services could hurt them. Three city councilmen are considering bringing in a private company to replace a service the fire department already provides free of charge.
The Gonzales Fire Department does more than just put out fires. A team of 14 firemen also responds to medical emergencies. Chief Tracey Normand said it makes up 70 percent of the department's calls.
"In four and a half minutes we can render advanced life support care, which is critical," Normand said. To keep that response time under five minutes, Chief Normand has proposed that the city hire a private company to take care of billing.