The decision by the City of Sheridan to contract EMS to Rocky Mountain Ambulance will no doubt be second guessed and scrutinized by many, as it essentially means that 8 firefighters with Sheridan Fire-Rescue will be laid off. City Clerk Scott Badley, who was also a member of the panel committee that reviewed the Request for Proposals, and later recommended that the City contract with Rocky Mountain for EMS, had this to say to the Council just after going over the details of the contract.
Councilman Ryan Mulholland said that the City just isn't capable of generating enough revenue to save the firefighters jobs and provide EMS.
An uncertain economy and declining revenues is what lead to Councilman John Heath's decision to privatize ambulance service.
The contract with Rocky that was approved by the City Council calls for an upfront payment from the City of $30,000 on August 1st, that will cover August, September and October. The City will then pay $10,000 a month for the remainder of the fiscal year.