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Mar 7, 2013 12:27 AM by Eric Ross

City formally announces plans not to renew ambulance contract

Colorado Springs will likely seek its own contract for ambulance service after March 2014.

On Wednesday, the City informed the Emergency Services Agency of their intentions to separate from AMR---the company currently providing services to all El Paso County residents.

The City believes the cost is too high and may not be the best use of taxpayer dollars.

Fire Chief Rich Brown says his department arrives first to 9-1-1 calls 76-percent of the time within the City, hinting Colorado Springs is paying for additional emergency services we may not need.

The choice not to renew the contract could impact residents outside city limits because the City and El Paso County currently have a joint partnership with AMR.

If the City breaks away from this deal, approximately 200,000 residents in rural areas of El Paso County may end up without service or face higher charges.

"City administration does not feel the current structure of ESA is providing the best level of service to patients and citizens," Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said in a statement. "The City needs the ability to directly manage any contract for emergency transport services to insure better service."



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