Las Vegas City Council approves AMR contract - 8 News NOW

Las Vegas City Council approves AMR contract

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LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas City Council voted to approve a contract between Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and ambulance provider American Medical Response, or AMR, during Wednesday's city council meeting.

The contract starts Dec. 1, 2015. It will be a five year, non-exclusive multi-million contract, which will allow other ambulance companies to bid for all or part of the contract at any time.

"If someone comes up with something that is more attractive, more responsive, better patient care, better service than we can get with AMR, then I think they'll do that," Chief William McDonald said.

The contract also stipulates that Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is the primary provider of services, meaning most calls will be handled by the fire department.

The decision comes after a dispute between the fire department and the private ambulance provider over the number of patients transported by the fire department.

AMR has worked with Las Vegas for the last 15 years, but two months ago, the fire chief told 8 News NOW he wanted to ask other ambulance companies to submit their business proposals. He told us it was so he could make sure we were getting the best care for our tax dollars.

After weeks of closed-door negotiations, a tentative agreement between the fire department and AMR was announced. Other ambulance companies in the Las Vegas valley expressed concern that the process was not open enough.

The fire department is promising faster response times and more efficient approach to emergency care. One of the biggest changes under the agreement is AMR and the fire department will merge their call response systems so dispatchers will know where all the ambulances are around the city.

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