The decision by the panel committee recommending the City of Sheridan enter into a contract with Rocky Mountain Ambulance to provide Emergency Medical Service to the citizens of Sheridan didn't come as a big surprise to firefighters with Sheridan Fire-Rescue. Firefighter/EMT and local Union President George Neeson weighs in on the committee's
The Fitch report that Neeson referred to is the consulting group of Fitch and Associates that were hired by the City last fall to conduct a comprehensive review of their billing and collection activities. The City received the findings of the review in March that suggested that the City implement an EMS rate increase.
Neeson feels that the dual role proposal from SFR was over scrutinized leading up to the recommendation.
If the City Council does decide to enter into a contract with Rocky Mountain for ambulance service within the City, eight firefighters with Sheridan Fire-Rescue will be laid off. The Council will not take action on the recommendation at the July 5th meeting, as the City's department heads still need to review the findings that lead to the panel committee's recommendation before making a recommendation of their own.
While it isn't set in stone, it's expected that the Council will formally consider the matter in the form of an ordinance at their July 18th meeting.