The panel committee made its recommendation Thursday regarding ambulance service in Sheridan as they recommended the City enter into a one-year contract with Rocky Mountain Ambulance Services. The subsidy for the first year from the City would be $120,000, with an executable option for an additional year in the amount of $125,000.
City Council President John Bigelow, who's also a panel committee member performed a cost analysis on the dual role proposal submitted by Sheridan Fire-Rescue.
Bigelow said that after meeting with City Treasurer Jennifer Reed, the numbers showed that between 2007 and 2010, the City collected an average of $219,000 a year from EMS.
Bigelow says that they've listened to the concerns about degradation in service in privatization of ambulance services and are confident that won't happen with Rocky Mountain.
The two technical members of the panel that Bigelow referred to are local ER Dr. Irving Robinson and Campbell County EMS Director Gregg Mentzel. The recommendation and findings from the panel committee will now be forwarded to the City's department heads for review. If the recommendation is approved by the department heads, it will most likely go before City Council for consideration in the form of an ordinance at their July 18th meeting.