UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – The University City council voted 5-2 to outsource EMS service to Gateway Ambulance, following nearly 4 hours of debate. The transition from city services to Gateway should happen by Sept. 1.
The Monday night University City council debate was contentious with a range of emotions ranging from a series of boos and applause.
The move that's been in the works since last fall has union and community members upset. One issue is that assistance from surrounding departments will end. Kurt Becker from IAFF Local 2665 says citizens were not informed.
'The company that University City has chosen Gateway Ambulance doesn't have any 911 contracts in St. Louis.' said Becker
According to City Manager Lehman Walker the change would provide better service and save $500,000 per year. He also says that no jobs would be lost and the 12 current EMS workers running the city's two trucks will be reassigned. Union members say the proposed 5-year contract with Gateway is no good.
University City EMS gets over 3,500 calls per year.