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Ind. officials request feasibility study for establishing city EMS

Officials in Jeffersonville hired a firm to look at the city providing its own ambulance service

By Andrew Harp
The Evening News and the Tribune

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore announced in a news release Wednesday that the city will study the fiscal feasibility of establishing its own ambulance and EMS service.

The release states that considering the city has hired the accounting and financial advisory firm of Baker Tilly to study the possibility of a fire territory in Jeffersonville that would include Utica and Utica Township, the firm will be hired for this study as well.

“It’s time that we take a hard look at whether Jeffersonville should provide ambulance and EMS service for its residents,” Moore said in the release. “We were already looking at whether it made sense financially to create a fire territory. With residents’ concerns about adequate ambulance and EMS coverage, it just made sense to expand the scope of that study. We want to look at all viable options to ensure that our residents are safe.”

Jeffersonville now has ambulance service through New Chapel EMS via Clark County’s contract with the organization, which is set to expire in 2025. The company’s founder, Jamey Noel, was arrested last year and is facing several felony charges.

New Chapel is under new leadership but has lost multiple clients in recent months between its fire and EMS services. Floyd County declined to renew its contract with New Chapel EMS in May. New Albany Township ended its fire protection deal with New Chapel Fire last month.

Floyd County officials have replaced New Chapel EMS with AmeriPro Health and the Highlander Fire Protection District

City Council President Dustin White proposed the original study for the fire territory and supports another study for the creation of a Jeffersonville-operated ambulance and EMS service.

“We have a top-notch fire department that is well-trained. It is well-positioned to implement and manage ambulance and EMS,” White said in the release. “The creation of a new fire territory could provide us that opportunity.”

The new study will analyze whether the creation of a new fire territory will produce enough revenue to support a Jeffersonville -operated ambulance and EMS service that would be staffed by trained paramedics and EMTs. Once the study is complete, the findings will be presented to city officials.

“If the fire territory and the establishment of ambulance and EMS service is economically feasible, then we will have discussions with Utica and Clark County about the next steps,” Moore said in the release.

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