The city commission will be voting to privatize ambulance service at the Oct. 4 commission meeting. However, critics say that, if adopted, the result will be no more than passing the cost of the service on to the citizens while the revenue from ambulance transport is lost.
Safety is also a concern. “While city leaders struggle to balance their budgets, citizen safety is being jeopardized as part of the process,” according to a letter signed by five retired Royal Oaks fire chiefs.
“It definitely will add to response time,” added Ronald Nancarrow, one of the retired chiefs. “I don’t know by how many minutes, but every minute counts when you’re my age, which is 81.”
This is a horrible situation. The quality of service to the citizens will suffer. But, it is a unsustainable situation to keep dipping into the municipal general fund to provide this service. I encourage people to come out to the Oct. 4 commission meeting. It is going to be a good one.