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Saratoga Springs could extend ambulance program

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen is hopeful the city council and New York State will allow the city's fire department to continue offering ambulance services after a two-year trial period ends in February of 2014.

"Everything is run better," said Mathiesen of the current system, which replaced Saratoga Emergency Medical Service early in 2012.

A report on the first 18 months of ambulance service from the fire department is available below.

Continuing the program will require the approval of the city council and a permanent certificate of need from the state.

Mathiesen said the program should continue based on improved services. He added that the system generates money for the city, with revenue from the ambulance service far exceeding the additional operating costs.

The city council is set to vote on a resolution to support continuing the ambulance service.

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Ambulance 18 Month Report Update

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