Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans to announce Thursday afternoon a merger of ambulance and emergency medical services
serving Marion County. A city spokesman said the merger will combine equipment and personnel of the Indianapolis Fire Department
and the Marion County Health and Hospital Corp. The two now operate as separate entities that cover much of the same territory.
Under the merger, the departments would fall under the new EMS Division within the Department of Public Safety, overseen by
Director Frank Straub. The department would receive standardized training for all personnel. The Mayor's office says the
merger will spend taxpayer money more efficiently without costing jobs. Fox59 will have more at 4 p.m.