Decatur may pay for ambulance service

Decatur council votes to negotiate fee with city of Gravette for its service

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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The city of Decatur could soon be paying for ambulance service, thanks to a state law brought to light by controversy in other local cities. Decatur city council members voted to begin negotiations with the Gravette Fire Department for ambulance service fees at the Sept. 10 meeting. In addition, the council voted to pay the Gravette Ambulance Service $1,000 for past services as a gesture of good will. State law requires cities to reimburse outside ambulance services for their cost, according to Mayor Charles Linam. The law has been in effect for some time but was recently brought to light by the “hassle” Bentonville is having with Centerton and the county, he said. The Gravette Ambulance Service has served Decatur for a number of years without charge to the city. It recently upgraded to an Advanced Life Support system with paramedics in addition to emergency medical technicians, Linam said. The Gravette ambulance service is asking to be reimbursed $100 for every call they make to Decatur, far less t


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