State Officials: City ambulance service must end July 1

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - New York State orders Utica to stop operating its ambulance service effective July 1, 2011.
The New York State Department of Health says the Utica Fire Department must stop responding to emergency medical calls with an ambulance vehicle and transporting patients to a hospital.

The news came In a letter sent to Utica Mayor David Roefaro dated June 27, 2011. It is signed by Lee Burns, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Both Mayor Roefaro and Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks say an appeals process is underway.

The letter includes a list of reasons why this decision has been made, including the most recent decision made June 13 by the State Supreme Court.

Burns writes, "The city does not possess the authority to operate an ambulance service. The fire department may, however, continue operating it's Advanced Life Support First Response (ALS - FR) Service for which it holds a valid operating license."

Privately-owned Kunkel Ambulance will now be providing emergency services in Utica- effective Friday.

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