City inks five-year ambulance contract

After years of uncertainty, the City of Red Deer has inked a new five-year ambulance contract with the province.

After years of uncertainty, the City of Red Deer has inked a new five-year ambulance contract with the province.

On Monday, council voted 7-1 to accept a new Emergency Medical Services contract for a term of July 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 with the option of two, two-year extensions. Council also endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding which establishes guiding principles.

Mayor Tara Veer said she is thrilled to bring resolution to an issue which uncertainty to the service locally and throughout the province.

She said this contract solidifies a significant unknown in the community around operations and the city’s ability to make commitments on public safety.

Coun. Lawrence Lee voted against the motion citing concerns over a one-year exit strategy clause in the contract.

Lee said he has full confidence in today’s government but he does not know what it will be after the elections.

“I needed something to be more rigid and with more formality,” said Lee. “Or at least put an attachment of financial responsibility to that clause … It’s something that does not make sense to me. We have a five-year agreement but you can get out of the agreement year by year.”

Coun. Ken Johnston said the contract gives the city five years to continue to develop the trust and continue to develop the working relationship with the provicne.

Director of Corporate Services Paul Goranson said retaining the ambulance dispatch and negotiating the ambulance contract work together to ensure there’s high quality service in the community.

In 1962, the city became one of the first municipalities in Alberta to provide an integrated fire and ambulance service.

But in April 2009, the provincial government took over ambulance service and governance from municipalities in the province and assigned the responsibility over to Alberta Health Services. The city negotiated a two-year contract that expired in March 2011. The city agreed to various extensions of the contract up until the new contract was signed.

Just Posted

Red Deer city council aims to force larger non-profits to become more accountable

New bylaw defines which not-for-profits must pay for a business licence

Red Deer city council will seek public input on portable signage March 4

Council gave initial approval to retaining 100-metre separation distance

Smaller, more affordable, lots wanted in Red Deer’s Evergreen neighbourhood

Council approves first reading of requested lot-size changes

RDC’s new name to be unveiled in February

The next big milestone for Red Deer College is a new name,… Continue reading

Lacombe considering licensing cats

Council is expected to take a look at cat potential licensing regulations next month

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Opinion: Faith in immigration must be preserved

Canada has a deserved reputation for extending its arms to newcomers, but… Continue reading

Olympian Adam van Koeverden wins federal Liberal nomination in Ontario riding

MILTON, Ont. — Former Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will be carrying… Continue reading

World champion Osmond says it’s “really nice” not to know what future holds

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Kaetlyn Osmond has a world title, Olympic medals… Continue reading

World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9 per cent, down from expected global growth of 3.5 per cent

Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children’s hospital

DALLAS — Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for… Continue reading

UK police speak to Prince Philip about not wearing seatbelt

LONDON — British police have spoken with Prince Philip after the husband… Continue reading

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The celestial curtain will be rising soon on… Continue reading

Most Read