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AFD Offers Non-Emergency Ambulance Service

The new service may be used to transport patients to or from medical facilities.

The City of Alameda Fire Department now offers non-emergency ambulance transport for patients who need to be transported to or from medical facilities. This service is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Non-emergency transports can be scheduled by calling 510-337-2155.

The cost for non-emergency transport is $400, which is less than private ambulance companies charge for the same service, according to Chief Daren Olson, a division chief with the APD.

Ambulances used for non-emergency transport are staffed by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and do not carry advanced life-support equipment, he said.

The Alameda Fire Department has provided emergency ambulance service for more than 30 years, but until now the only non-emergency ambulance service available to Alamedans has been from private companies located outside the city.

When a hospital or other medical facility needs this service for a patient, they can call the Alameda Fire Department. The Department is working with Alameda Hospital and other medical facilities in Alameda to develop primary provider relationships.

barry w. July 08, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I wonder if they'll send a fire truck or two along with each ambulance like they do on ER runs? They may break even with the $400 charge.
joel July 09, 2012 at 04:48 AM
This is a grat news , now Alameda will have the choice , the cavalery or private ambulance , should the City enter in any business venture to compete with the private sector they will also have no choice but allowing any independent operator on the island , on the second plus side they will have to purchase their own Ambulance , rent therir own building , make a business plan and beg the banks for funding , just like any other business "good luck" by then they will be confrontred by the sad reality that no business nor City or can survive with the wages and benefit they are eaning . Reality will finally hit them like a ton of brick . 911 operators will have no choice but spreading the business to county and private sector as well , or face expensives law suits which they cannot win. We are looking forward for the city to also re-negotiate the garbage ans most specifically dumpsters fee and open it to outside contracors cheapers than the single one we are forced to use .
Jaan Carter July 09, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Are they offering this service because they need a little pocket money, on top of the very generous pay they receive? Wow, only $400 a pop. Maybe I'll buy an old station wagon...
tom July 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
So who staffs these units? Firemen or Firewomen? At what wage level? And who will respond with an Alameda Fire Ambulance when all are being used for non emergency transport @$400 bucks a pop? Likely could be provided more economically by privates! Would be appropriate for Our new Firechief to lay out the business plan and finance projection for this likely cost/profit ratio. I predict it will be a negative ratio! tom What is the fiscal impact for our coty budget?

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