Is the City of Sioux Falls ‘experimenting’ with a public ambulance service?

So if you were going to tip your toes into the water, wouldn’t you have told the city council in an informational or the public instead of burying it in the consent agenda? Notice it is an executive order,

Item #6, Approval of Contracts, Sub Items 31-32;

I have a feeling it was buried because we are being used as a pawn in a game being played by a for-profit ambulance service. We’ll see if this gets pulled tomorrow night for discussion.

Also the Public Works Director was asked what was going on with the 26th Street project . . . radio silence. I guess that’s telling me it’s worse than what we may imagine.


#1 D@ily Spin on 05.19.20 at 7:45 am

Given the CORONA Virus this could be backup for when private ambulance service is overwhelmed. What’s disturbing is new city spending when sales tax revenue budget is low and debt service high.

You can’t spend it if you ain’t got it.

#2 matt johnson on 05.19.20 at 12:05 pm

expense does not appear over whelming- $1/month/vehicle

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.19.20 at 12:23 pm

Doesn’t SFFR need to have an ambulance in their presence, in order, to qualify for some federal monies?

Perhaps, growth has caused them the need to acquire an additional vehicle.

#4 Peeps on 05.19.20 at 1:13 pm

The ambulance “thing” in the FD has been in the works before COVID came. It started with 1 and COVID has only accelerated the program. Remember when the media was all over Paramedics Plus about their response times or the fact they had no available ambulances to respond? The FD ambulances are there to supplement Paramedics Plus when things are busy and they have no available rigs. COVID took the program into second gear. It looks as if the FD is putting their toes in the water of advanced EMS care, which, probably isn’t a bad thing.

#5 l3wis on 05.19.20 at 6:28 pm

MJ, you are right, they should be paying us for subsidizing a for-profit ambulance service.

#6 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.19.20 at 10:13 pm

So, let me get this right. Now, that we know more about this, the city is planning to acquire more ambulances due to the pandemic, while at the same city council meeting this is being considered, the council is also considering
ending all COVID-19 restrictions that have been placed on local citizens over the past two months? What’s the game plan here? Maybe they should help with the 26th Street construction. 😉