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Lethbridge, Red Deer, Wood Buffalo offer to pay province to keep EMS dispatch local

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo are offering to pay the province to keep EMS dispatch locally operated.

The communities each receive funding annually from Alberta Health Services to operate local ambulance dispatch through integrated municipal dispatch centres.

By offering to pay for the services, they would retain current emergency ambulance dispatch at no cost to the province.

In a joint statement released Tuesday afternoon, Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says “we feel strongly that our integrated Fire and EMS system provides the best service to our residents as efficiently as possible. So strongly, that we are willing to invest municipal funding to maintain local EMS dispatch and preserve our fully integrated system.”

The government’s decision to consolidate dispatch is set to take effect on Jan. 12, 2021.

So far there has been no formal response from Premier Jason Kenney on the offers.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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