Ambulance service merger to be announced

July 15, 2010

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.