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Saratoga Springs ambulance calls rake in more than $700K

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The Saratoga Springs Fire Department, which became the city’s primary ambulance service in February, had generated $726,764 in revenue from the service as of Oct. 1. Fire Chief Robert Williams said total payments in hand for ambulance transports and advanced life support services are $358,876. The rest of the money is expected to be paid to the city in coming months. “I think we are on track. We have taken a conservative approach,” Williams said. ...

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November 5, 2012
6:54 a.m.

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What are the short and long term costs of this program?? Were any additional people employed for this program? What are the additional cost for the emergency vehicles. The 55K paid to entry level firefighters for transportation is a bad business move, that will cost taxpayers 4x-5x that amount in years to come.

November 6, 2012
7:52 a.m.

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Not quite, they need those firefighters on staff anyways! Other cities should do the same. Troy proved it works and it worth while, Saratoga confirmed it. Now Albany and Schenectady, two cities with arguably higher EMS call volumes should do the same. If it wasn't profitable do you think commercial ambulances would be fighting to keep it? Time to take Doc McPartland's election contributions out of the mix!