Ambulance Roll Out
Ambulance service in Marion County will no longer be provided by the Emergency Medical Service Alliance after midnight Tuesday.
As the October 1 deadline called for a switch in operating systems, Marion County Fire Rescue will provide 100 percent of the emergency transport service to the entire county. The deadline was enforced by the withdrawal of funding from hospitals and the City of Ocala. While some long-time paramedics were worried about the change, some said one plus is that there will be an increase in the number of ambulances on the road, and in the sharing of information. This way, workers said, emergency vehicles will get where they need to go faster.
The transition was a bumpy one, but Marion County Medical Director Frank Fraunfelter said he thinks everyone worked well under the time constraints. "We had nine months to change over a transport agency that was transporting some over 3,000 patients a month," he said.
More than one hundred Emergency Medical Service Alliance employees will now work for fire rescue. They are training to become dual certified as fire fighters.
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