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Controversial EMS Changes

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Some leaders in Bel Aire are angry because they say they have been left out of a life and death decision.

Last week in a unanimous vote, city leaders voted not to renew an agreement with the county to provide ambulance services. But the change is just being discussed. The County says it will not stop providing EMS service to you or your loved ones.

When you need and ambulance Sedgwick County EMS is your ambulance provider in the county and in the city. But this could change after city leaders voted not to renew a contract.

Gary O' Neal, Bel Aire Mayor, asks why the city is in a rush to cancel the contract before they know how the services are going to be provided. The Mayor says he wants to have a say in whether or not Sedgwick County EMS continues providing ambulance service.

City councilman Bob Martz says firefighters are the first to respond to about 70% of the accidents in the County. So city leaders are wondering if one firefighter from every station should be trained in advanced paramedics.

Before a decision is made on ambulance services O' Neal says Bel Aire and other cities in the county need some say.

The city council members say they have not involved other cties yet, they are just looking at the best options for the best ambulance service.

Right now the city has a consultant studying what to do. The Sedgwick County medical society is taking a close look at what is best in ambulance coverage for Wichita and Sedgwick County


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