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Germantown to vote on whether to provide ambulance services

(WMC-TV) - The City of Germantown will soon decide whether to add ambulances to its list of city services.

The mayor and the Germantown Board of Aldermen will vote on whether to renew its contract with the contractor or to make it part of the fire department's duties.

Right now, ambulance service is contracted out to Rural/Metro of Mid-South, who provides and staffs more than two dozen ambulances in Memphis.

Germantown's contract expires June 30.

The decision about ambulance service is a review that is part of the city's mission to provide "exceptional services responsive to our citizens".

"That's not necessarily a business that I think we need to get into right now at this point," said William Glass, who lives in Germantown.

Glass says he does not support city ambulance services because he thinks it will cost more and he does not want the taxpayer burden, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding the school system and property appraisals.

"We have other things we need to be concerned with more than this. This is something that could be put on the back burner," said Glass.

"It just benefits everybody of it stays together," agreed Glenn Miller, who is the general manager for Rural/Metro of Mid-South.

Miller says his company has the necessary experience and resources.

"If they go into it by themselves, they don't have the resources that they have if they stay in the county contract," said Miller. "If they have a large scale incident they will not have the ambulances to cover it."

The Germantown mayor and Board of Aldermen will vote on the issue Monday evening.

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