Charlottesville City Council Approves CARS Resolution
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Charlottesville City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night for emergency medical services with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS). It will make way for the possibility of charging for ambulance rides in the city.
CARS has provided emergency medical services to people in Charlottesville since 1960 with no formal agreement to offer that care.
Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner presented a proposal to City Council to sign a "memorandum of understanding" with CARS. It lays out the responsibilities of each organization to provide ambulance services in the city. The memorandum coordinates staffing of medics and positioning of ambulances in Charlottesville fire stations.
Werner says this is necessary as part of a state-required local EMS plan. “It gives us directions forward of how we can maximize the resources between both of our organizations to provide the highest level of EMS care in Charlottesville,” he stated.
Council agreed to move a separate ordinance which would allow rescue squads to charge for ambulance services in Charlottesville to a second reading. The city would regulate the rates for revenue recovery if CARS or any other squad requests to bill. Werner says more than 70 percent of Virginia cities and counties charge for ambulance rides, including Albemarle County.
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