TOWN OF NIAGARA – Mercy EMS was contracted for ambulance service Wednesday during an emergency meeting of the Town Board.
The board agreed to switch to Mercy while applying to the state Health Department for a certificate of need for the town, which would lay the groundwork for a permanent deal.
Supervisor Lee Wallace said the town’s certificate would allow Mercy to serve the town for a two-year period while the company seeks its own certificate. In the meantime, Wallace said it is his intention to “negotiate a five-year contract with Mercy.”
The town ended its relationship with American Medical Response (AMR), formerly Rural/Metro, when the company delivered a 30-day termination notice during contract talks in July. The termination is effective Aug. 15. AMR had been providing ambulance services to Niagara Active Hose Company.
AMR recently notified the town that it changed its position and wanted to continue service. However, Wallace noted he does not intend to go back.
“This (arrangement with Mercy) is final,” the supervisor said.
Town officials had been critical about the response times of AMR during the talks when the notice was brought to the supervisor.
He noted that the emergency meeting was needed to approve the certificate application as the factors “all fell together” recently. The next regular board meeting is set for Aug. 23, after the termination by AMR.
The contract with Mercy kicks in on Monday.