The Johnson County Ambulance Rural Healthcare District board penned a new multi-million dollar contract with Buffalo EMS last week. Although an existing contract with Buffalo EMS was set to renew for five years starting Sept. 20, the new deal includes a 10-year contract that automatically renews for another 10 years. For the past three years, Buffalo EMS has been paid in excess of $600,000 annually to operate and administer the ambulance service. Hence, the total value of the new contract will likely exceed $12 million. … In addition to the budgeted expenses that will be paid by the Rural Health Board, Buffalo EMS will also garner 20 percent of any net proceeds collected from patients utilizing the ambulance service—previously Buffalo EMS received 15 percent of profits. Without the new contract, the Rural Health District was set to retain 100 percent of net proceeds from ambulance use beginning Sept. 20.