M-F Ambulance District assessing options

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- The Milton-Freewater Ambulance District, which was approved by voters in November, assembled Thursday night to begin a series of meetings to look at ambulance service options.

According to board secretary Gina Miller, the district had two responses to a request for proposals, one from the city of Pendleton and the other from Milton-Freewater Emergency Medical Service, which is part of the Milton-Freewater Rural Fire District.

That agency began supplying the city and surrounding area with rapid medical response services in 1984.

The board will interview both respondents to get more defined information on how each will meet the criteria of serving residents, Miller said this morning.

"We have to take the best option for Milton-Freewater, the best option for tax dollars."

The chosen provider will start the contracted service July 1, she added.

In the meantime, district officials recently learned of the need to submit an approved budget to the state within 60 days, The board will seek applicants to the five-person budget committee soon, Miller noted.

For more information go to mfambulancedistrict.com.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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