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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KKTV) – In a 5-4 vote, the Colorado Springs City Council decided Monday not to support a city ambulance service.

In early May, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Randy Royal and Mayor Yemi Mobolade proposed giving the fire department responsibility for emergency medical services and ending a decades-long contract with American Medical Response (AMR).

CSFD claims their response times are faster than AMR’s, citing a difference of more than 4 minutes on 2023 medical emergency calls. According to data presented to City Council members on May 13, AMR has responded late to more than 33,000 emergency calls over the past three years.

AMR tells 11News that the data collected does not accurately reflect AMR’s commitment to the community, adding that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a large role in slowing staffing.

AMR’s contract with the city of Colorado Springs ends in April 2025.

The following statement from Fire Chief Royal was posted by CSFD on social media:

“I am incredibly disappointed to say that the Colorado Springs City Council voted against the ambulance company proposal. This proposal would have been a historic step for our community and would have produced the best possible outcome for our community. I want you all to know that as your Fire Chief, I am committed to providing you with the best care possible, the care you deserve. We will continue to fight to take the responsibility of ambulance into our own hands. As clearly stated in City Code Section 8.2.303, the CSFD is responsible for providing medical control at the scene of an accident or medical emergency and is “authorized to perform any procedures necessary to ensure the continued health of any person or persons injured in an accident or subject to a medical emergency.” I am grateful for the support of Council members who believed in us to move this forward and have supported us throughout. I am grateful to Mayor Yemi, Chief of Staff Jamie Fabos, Deputy Chief of Staff Ryan Trujillo, and my Deputy Chief of Emergency Services Jayme McConnellogue, as well as my many other team members who have worked tirelessly on this project. They have put in countless hours to ensure this proposal is the best for the city. We will not give up. As I always say, Mission First, People Always.”

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