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Accusations continue between ambulance services

Reported by: Vicki Gonzalez
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Updated: 5/10 11:31 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The back-and-forth accusations from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response are becoming more and more damaging.

Following the city fire chief's decision to dismantle the dual-response system, and having Las Vegas Fire & Rescue taking on a higher volume of patient transfers, public rhetoric from both sides has attracted valley wide attention.

News 3 spoke with AMR General Manger Scott White who is fighting to reinstate the dual-response model.

White responded to accusations made on Wednesday by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Chief William McDonald, which suggested the private company is being uncooperative. White says he meets every month with McDonald, and disputes the city fire chief's claim that requests for collaboration have gone unanswered.

Prior to March 3, the dual response system dispatched both AMT and the city. When that system was discontinued, AMR was largely sidelined, but White says the situation could be remedied if they were allowed to work with city dispatch.

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