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Opinion

September 19, 2013

Pursue city-owned EMS in Port

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The Amesbury city financial officer revealed that revenue generated for their city-operated EMS amounted to $5,301,024 over the last nine years. Since inadequate revenue is clearly a historically ongoing and increasing problem, why is our city opposed to considering a proven source for generating such high returns in revenue? Several city councilors also stated they were in favor of a municipal ambulance service, but curiously the initiative is not a priority for Mayor Holaday or former fire Chief Cutter, who has stated that he was not interested in taking on the additional responsibility.

A city-operated ambulance service, having already been tested and proven in 247 towns across Massachusetts, is both a cost-effective and lucrative alternative to our current private contractor system. With the arrival of a new fire chief and the projected number of firefighters retiring in the next two years, now is the best time to make the change.

George Roaf

Newburyport

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