City of Waxahachie reverses decision for department-based EMS services Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Headline, Waxahachie on July 02, 2015 by Staff Report Photo courtesy City of Waxahachie. WAXAHCHIE — In a special meeting on June 30, the Waxahachie City Council voted unanimously to rescind a previous vote that would have approved fire department-based emergency medical services (EMS) within the City. Following this decision, the City will seek a third-party private contract for ambulance service.The previous vote, which took place at the June 1 City Council meeting, would have included the purchase of four ambulances and the addition of 24 new Firefighter/Paramedic positions. After looking into the requirements to base the EMS service within Waxahachie Fire-Rescue, it was discovered that it would not be feasible.The City was looking at funding the EMS service through the addition of a fee that would be placed on the utility bills of each resident. In addition to the monthly fee, a separate fee would be charged if the person was transported to the hospital."Our concern is that adding the monthly fee to the water bill could possibly be challenged legally," said Paul Stevens, City Manager. "Right now, we need to look at other options, the best of which is to continue with a private contract for EMS service."The City is currently reviewing bids from three private EMS companies, including CareFlite, American Medical Response (AMR), and Acadian. A recommendation for one of these companies is expected to be made at the July 20 City Council meeting. This contract between the City and its EMS provider will be for three years. You may also be interested in readingCity of Waxahachie to provide fire-based EMSLETTER: THE Bob Phillips weighs in on important Friday city meetingETMC Ellis County pullout: Writing was on the wallMichael Scott chosen as new Waxahachie City ManagerVideo: Firefighters rescue mother and daughter in high water on FM 876City of Ferris correcting chlorine levels in waterFluoride – Find alternate water for young children City of Ferris saysRural residents near Red Oak may lose fire protection servicesWaxahachie to change water disinfectant on Feb. 1ESD #6 board appoints interim fire chief; no action on future of dept. ← Crape Myrtle Festival and fireworks begin July 3Maypearl Independence Day Celebration July 3 → You must log in to post a comment.