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Vegas Fire, AMR reach deal over patient transport policy

Fire Chief Willie McDonald said the department will respond to more serious emergency calls while AMR responds to less serious calls

Las Vegas Review-Journal

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas' dual response system for emergency ambulances is dying.

A 911 call for a medical emergency will no longer receive a response from both the Las Vegas Fire Department and American Medical Response. One or the other will be dispatched, not both. After more than a month’s negotiations between the department and AMR, each side gave a little for this proposed contract, which is expected to be signed and presented to the council at its Sept. 3 meeting. “It sounds like there’s peace in the valley,” said Councilman Bob Coffin.

Fire Chief Willie McDonald said there will be a division of labor: the department will respond to more serious emergency calls while AMR responds to less serious calls. He predicted that means the department will handle 60 to 65 percent of the calls, instead of the 75 percent he originally sought. Fire officials hope to generate more revenue as the department boosts the number of calls it handles.

Full story: AMR, Vegas Fire Department reach deal

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Edward Jason Zubia Edward Jason Zubia Thursday, August 21, 2014 5:38:31 PM It figures, What exactly defines "more serious"?
Todd Bernstein Todd Bernstein Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:19:54 PM What a joke! Define "serious". Can I call and request an AMR only response?
David Newton David Newton Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:51:28 PM I see this one coming. In time, the Fire Chief will say the fire medics handle the more serious calls because they are more suited. We will argue the citizens should have that level care all the time. It's not true now and it will not be true then.
Scott Wright Scott Wright Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:53:39 PM If ANR isnt making mone they leave you high and dry
David Newton David Newton Friday, August 22, 2014 3:17:03 PM So do fire departments.

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