The way Mesa County responds to emergencies is about to change, and a city councilmember says the new system could have significant implications for tax payers. Currently in Grand Junction, the fire department is the first responder to an emergency and then a private ambulance service transports the victims. City Councilman Greg Palmer says Mesa County is recommending that the city must pick one entity to be the first responder and transporter.
Palmer said Monday that this will simplify things in the long run, but the decision between using a private carrier and the city doing all the work itself has far reaching implications. If the city does the work itself tax payers will foot the bill for hiring and training more personnel. Palmer says private ambulance services may no longer be necessary if the city decides to do the work itself.
The city council will form an emergency service board to oversee the decision before their regular meeting on Wednesday night.
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