El Cajon is contracting out more of its paramedic services with a private company. The City Council unanimously agreed last week to an expanded deal for five years with American Medical Response Ambulance Service Inc. for transporting patients to hospitals. As part of the contract, AMR will pay the city nearly $1.5 million over five years. The city also anticipates overall savings based on a decrease in personnel costs, capital costs, such as fuel, and for vehicle upkeep. … AMR will pay the city $232,265 the first year, $245,992 in year two, $263,100 in year three, $289,464 in year four, $312,818 in year five. … AMR will be responsible for collecting the fees from people it transports. El Cajon will gradually be able to reduce the overall number of firefighter positions once AMR is fully staffing medical transport services, he said. No firefighter/paramedic will lose his job, Williford said, as positions will only be lost through attrition.
El Cajon contracting out some paramedic services
Source: Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, September 22, 2015
El Cajon is contracting out some of its paramedic services on an interim basis with a private company. The City Council on Tuesday agreed to a deal with American Medical Response Ambulance Service, Inc. for advance life support services. AMR will equip and staff one ambulance to replace one city paramedic ambulance that is now staffed by city personnel working overtime. The city is also leaving open for negotiation a longer-term agreement with AMR. For now, the contract between AMR and the city will be month-to-month. …