Three western cities looking at ambulance service options

Tuesday, July 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Clinton-AP) -- Officials in three western Oklahoma towns are looking for options after the area's ambulance service asked for a large fee increase.

Sinor Emergency Medical Service wants the cities of Clinton, Elk City and Weatherford to each pay about 200-thousand dollars a year.

Each city currently pays about 36-thousand dollars per year.

The ambulance service says the increase is needed because of rising operational costs, decreased insurance reimbursements and the need for more modern equipment.

A committee of Clinton and Weatherford residents are asking for proposals from other ambulance services in the state.

Elk City officials say they're looking at all options, including operating their own ambulance service.