Superior may consider Fire Department-run ambulance serviceAn alarm being sounded in Duluth over the cost of ambulance services is echoing in Superior.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
An alarm being sounded in Duluth over the cost of ambulance services is echoing in Superior.
Superior City Councilor Greg Mertzig will ask the council today to consider creating a fact-finding commission to look at the Fire Department operating an ambulance service.
Mayor Dave Ross said he doesn’t believe the proposal he’s seen would make a Fire Department-run ambulance service viable. It excludes administrative costs to handle billing and collections and doesn’t factor in the cost of insurance. Ross said the service would be able to operate only in the city and could leave the county without the emergency service or increase the cost of Gold Cross’ service significantly.
He said it also could leave Gold Cross emergency service personnel without a job because they wouldn’t have required firefighting experience to transition to the city-operated service.
The Fire Department handles emergency medical response. Gold Cross, operated by the nonprofit Mayo Clinic, handles emergency transport in the city.
Douglas County did provide ambulance service countywide until it was sold in 1996 because it was losing money.