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Mayor Brown Announces an Enhanced EMS Plan
Contact: Lorey Schultz
June 20, 2014
Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, announced today a revised plan to provide even better emergency medical services (EMS) to City residents. The City will enter into a new long-term contract with Rural/Metro Corporation, based on the results of a highly competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) for the provision of ambulatory and emergency medical services. Mayor Brown also announced several high-profile appointments to the City’s Emergency Medical Services Board.
“Emergency medical services are a critical component of our local healthcare system and by preparing to enter into a new long-term EMS contract and appointing highly qualified members to the EMS Board, we will further improve emergency medical services for City residents,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank Rural/Metro for putting before us an enhanced plan that will provide even better emergency medical services for citizens, while not only keeping jobs in Buffalo, but also creating a substantial number of new jobs.”
"Rural/Metro Medical Services is thrilled to hear of the City's recommendation that will allow us to continue our commitment to the citizens of Buffalo,” said Jay Smith, Regional Director at Rural/Metro Medical Services. “We look forward to executing on the new contractual requirements and credit the hard working and dedicated EMT s and Paramedics who have positioned us well to receive the support of the City of Buffalo officials. We are proud of the service we have been providing and look forward to continuing to enhance EMS in Buffalo."
According to Fire Commissioner Whitfield, "Having access to world class emergency medical services greatly enhances our residents’ and visitors’ chances for survival in the event of a medical emergency. We are extremely proud of the great work that the members of our first response community do on a daily basis and believe that entering into a new long-term contract with Rural/Metro will provide for a continuity of operations that will facilitate further enhancement of the system."
To further strengthen the City of Buffalo’s emergency medical services plan, Mayor Brown announced simultaneously the following high-profile appointments to the City’s Emergency Medical Services Board, which will have direct oversight of the City’s contract with Rural/Metro:
By preparing to enter into a new emergency medical services contract with Rural/Metro Corporation and appointing new, highly qualified members to the EMS Board, City residents will benefit from improved EMS and ambulance response times, improved patient care and transport through the use of technology, and ongoing monitoring by the EMS Board to ensure contract compliance.
In closing, Mayor Brown stated, “As part of my administration’s commitment to the health needs of City residents, we look forward to continuing an even stronger partnership with Rural/Metro and working with the new appointees to the City of Buffalo’s Emergency Medical Services Board.”
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios