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October 25, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A temporary extension of a contract with Medix Ambulance Service was approved this week by the City Council. The company will provide ambulance services to Mission Viejo until July 1, 1998, under the extension. The contract will serve until the Orange County Fire Authority, which provides emergency service to the city, can draft a request for proposal--a critical step in putting the ambulance contract out to bid.
October 20, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ambulance crews for a private company that provides medical transportation service in the San Fernando Valley and eastern Los Angeles County walked off the job Friday in a dispute over wages and benefits. The one-day strike involved 150 emergency medical technicians and paramedics working for American Medical Response at stations serving parts of Canoga Park, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.
October 2, 1998 | Associated Press
An ambulance driver was charged with manslaughter Thursday after allegedly speeding through a red light on a nonemergency call and plowing into a car, killing two boys and their sister, ages 2 to 7, authorities said. The crash took place shortly before midnight Wednesday in Brooklyn. Anne Lamberson, 34, was arrested. Police said the ambulance was going 50 mph to 70 mph in a 30-mph zone.
April 22, 1998
If you end up with a life-threatening emergency in Manhattan Beach, it will cost a few extra dollars to get to the hospital in an ambulance. The City Council has increased advanced life support fees, which are charged to people who need to be transported to the hospital in a Fire Department ambulance. Officials approved the rate hike to prevent the city from absorbing prohibitive costs and to reflect what nearby cities are charging.
June 1, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Ventura County's three ambulance companies will ask the Board of Supervisors today to approve a fee hike that would increase the firms' revenues by 13%. Gold Coast, Ojai and Pruner ambulance companies are seeking to increase their per-trip rate for emergency transportation from $256 to $296.75, and non-emergency transportation from $193 to $240. The charge per mile from the scene to the hospital would increase from $9.90 to $10.75, and the fee for oxygen would jump from $30 to $45.
July 1, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
The city will continue using Emergency Ambulance Service, which has been responding to calls for help locally since 1994. The City Council recently approved a new contract with Emergency Ambulance, effective today until July 1, 2001. The Orange County Fire Authority, which provides fire and paramedic services to the city under contract, administered the proposal process for the ambulance service. Fire Authority officials also reviewed the proposals.
June 23, 1998
A city Fire Department ambulance stolen in the Westlake area early Monday was found crashed in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles, fire officials said. Shortly after midnight, paramedics went to the aid of a person having trouble breathing in the 900 block of South Lake Street. When they left the apartment, the ambulance was gone, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. At 12:42 a.m.
March 10, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
Facing a shrinking number of options to close a budget gap that could grow to $600 million in the next fiscal year, the Los Angeles City Council is weighing whether to deactivate 10 rescue ambulances at night. Council members postponed a decision Tuesday amid confusion about how the proposal would affect response times and after listening to the tearful testimony of a man whose father recently died of a heart attack. Fire officials had reluctantly advanced the cost-saving measure as part of their obligation to help reduce the city's budget gap. By reassigning 60 firefighters who staff the 10 ambulances with the fewest calls per day -- 3.5 on average -- budget officials said the city could save $3 million over the next few months and $20 million in the next fiscal year.
December 11, 1987
The Los Angeles city Fire Department has added five ambulances to its fleet of 49 to ensure prompt responses to emergency calls for paramedics, fire officials said. The new ambulances will operate during peak times, Thursday through Sunday, and mainly in the inner city. The move was designed to ensure emergency service during the busy holiday season, officials said.
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