AHS, city expected to sign five-year ambulance deal

A new five-year contract between Alberta Health Services and the emergency medical services branch of Red Deer Emergency Services will be before city council on Monday.

A new five-year contract between Alberta Health Services and the emergency medical services branch of Red Deer Emergency Services will be before city council on Monday.

The contract negotiations concluded in May with a new contract proposed for the term of July 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019.

Administration recommends that Red Deer city council accept the contract with the option of two, two-year extensions.

Administration also recommends council endorse a memorandum of understanding related to the contract.

A two-year contract was initially signed by both parties in April 2009, when governance and funding for the provision of EMS moved to AHS.

Since then, the contract has been extended to retain seamless delivery of ambulance service to the region, with the city as the ambulance provider contracted to AHS.

A financial analysis of the contract impact is recommended to be brought to council at the 2014 mid-year budget review in August.

EMS is one of six branches that comprise Red Deer Emergency Services, which also includes administration, fire and injury prevention, mechanical staff, fire suppression, and 911 dispatchers.

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