San Diego Shuns In-House Ambulance Fleet

November 04, 2013

Screenshot via NBC San Diego.
Screenshot via NBC San Diego.

A bid by San Diego's disgraced mayor to offer city ambulance service rather than allowing outsourced management by a private company has been shelved by the city's interim mayor.

Mayor Todd Gloria, who took over after former Mayor Bob Filner resigned Aug. 30 because of misconduct toward women, said there are too many questions to move forward with the plan to allow the city's Fire-Rescue Department to manage an ambulance fleet, reports U-T San Diego.

The city's firefighters union has been lobbying hard to take over management of ambulance services from Rural/Metro Corp., a private company that took over city ambulance service in 1997.

The issue has been a contentious one on the City Council, but Gloria now holds the swing vote.


  1. 1. Gary Urban [ November 04, 2013 @ 01:30PM ]

    I have worked for city's that used both Public (Fire Dept) and Private (Contractor) resources for ambulance services for citizens. In terms of quality service, reduced cost, and reduced liability, the Private Contractors provide the best return on investment for a City. That is if a good contractor is used. Using Public resources grows the size of government, increases taxes to support hiring more personnel and purchasing very expensive equipment, and takes fire fighters away from their primary mission. Good job Mayor Gloria.


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