The City of Colorado Springs signed a contract with American Medical Response Tuesday. The five-year contract will go into effect April 1. The goal, according to a city press release, is to enhance ambulance services to residents within the city and enclaves of unincorporated areas within the city.
With headquarters in Colorado, AMR is the current supplier of ambulance services to the city.
According to the city, AMR will expand the current 8-minute response zone to include areas formerly in a 12-minute response zone. These new neighborhoods include Briargate, Stetson Hills, Broadmoor Bluffs, Rockrimmon, Mountain Shadows, and areas of Peregrine.
AMR will also reimburse the city almost $1.2 million annually for emergency response services that were historically provided by CSFD without reimbursement.
Ambulance charges will be maintained at the existing level, with a 5 percent increase effective April 1.
The contract is expected to establish a framework for one medical director to provide unified medical oversight.
Also, the arrangement seeks to improve E911 medical dispatch coordination between CSFD and AMR through electronic interface improvements, officials said in the release.
The contract calls for continuation of standards for equipment and training.