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Fountain Valley to review ambulance services

Fountain Valley to review ambulance services
Care Ambulance Service medics assist a person injured in a Fountain Valley traffic collision in 2008. Care has been the city’s emergency transport provider since 1998. (File Photo)

The Fountain Valley City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to spend $15,000 on a feasibility study regarding future ambulance providers.

Fountain Valley has contracted with Care Ambulance Service since 1998 and signed a new 10-year contract with the company in 2011. Fountain Valley Fire Chief Tony Coppolino said in a staff report that the city “has always received excellent ambulance services” from Care but that the medical transport industry’s methods for recovering costs have changed dramatically in the past 20 years.

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“Therefore, staff recommends that a comprehensive review of ambulance services be conducted to ensure that the city is providing the community with the most high-quality and fiscally responsible emergency ambulance services available,” Coppolino wrote.

AP Triton, a Napa-based company that also has contracted with Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach to evaluate local ambulance services, will analyze cost vs. revenue.

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The feasibility study is the first of two proposed phases in establishing ambulance services. The next phase would cover requests for proposals from ambulance and billing contractors, potentially leading to the selection of new providers.

The selected ambulance bidder would reimburse the city the $95,000 in costs associated with the second phase.

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