Palo Alto Minimally Affected by Possible County Ambulance Service Changes
Palo Alto anticipates there will be minimal impact to City operations if Santa Clara County's private ambulance provider, Rural/Metro, cannot meet its emergency services obligations due to financial or labor problems. County officials have warned the company that it is close to losing its $375 million contract due to performance failures, and alerted all local fire chiefs – including Palo Alto – of the possibility and alternatives if the company cannot continue to provide paramedic services and ambulance transports for the county's almost two million people.
Rural/Metro provides a small amount – approximately 5 percent – of Palo Alto’s emergency transportation services, but Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel says that the City is prepared.
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