YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown council members will meet Friday to discuss a proposal by an ambulance company to provide service to the city.
Under the proposed ordinance obtained by WKBN, the city would spend $3,968,716 with Emergency Medical Transport Inc. for three years, with an option for an additional two-year renewal.
The deal would provide four to five ambulances.
The money would come from the city’s American Rescue Plan funds.
Youngstown’s current contract with AMR Ambulance expires at the end of the month — potentially leaving the city without service.
“Whatever we do, we need to take a look at what’s gonna be the most, not most cost-effective, but what’s gonna provide the most protection to the residents,” said council member Anita Davis.
EMT currently operates in the Salem, Warren and Alliance areas and is being described as one of the largest public ambulance services in all of Ohio.
Some council members are saying privately that they believe the ARPA funds would be better spent creating a new ambulance service operated by the fire department, but not all agree.
“If we have ambulance service, that’s great. That’s a possibility, but if we don’t have ambulance service, then that would be a horrible idea,” Davis said.
Council members are holding a special meeting Friday to discuss the deal. It would need at least six of them to approve it.
If approved, the city’s Board of Control will also meet in a special session to approve it.