Mayor Don Wesely expressed support for the City Council's adoption of ambulance ordinances, as amended, to ensure independent medical oversight and measurable response time standards.
"Passage by the City Council clears the path for the Fire Department to formally implement emergency ambulance services as a core city service that eliminates duplication and inefficiency," the Mayor said. "When the Fire Department begins providing ambulance transport, the citizens of Lincoln can count on the professionalism and dedication that firefighters have shown during their 133 year of service to date."
The Mayor also stressed the amendments reached in discussions with the Lancaster County Medical Society and EMS, Inc. and others address the concerns they expressed at the hearing last week. The ordinance ensures independent medical oversight and guarantees that quality patient care will exist for the citizens of Lincoln.
The amendments presented to the Council that were adopted by individual vote today provide that:
"I am pleased that we have addressed the medical community concerns in the final ordinance. The changes adopted today demonstrate the value of a public hearing and the importance of public input," said the Mayor. "I have always been committed to independent medical oversight. The amendments once again reinforce my commitment to ensure independent medical oversight. With these ordinances in place, the citizens of Lincoln know that faster, cheaper and better ambulance service will be available to them."