Kingston's ambulance services undergo major shift as fire department assumes control
Kingston's ambulance services are set for a significant transformation, with the city's fire department officially taking the reins of ambulance calls.
The transition introduces one advanced life support unit and one basic life support unit to streamline emergency medical responses.
This move follows the acquisition of the previous service provider, Mobile Life Support Services, by 'Empress' in July. However, Empress aimed for a paid contract ranging between $500,000 to $1 million per year, prompting the shift in control to the fire department.
Mayor Steven Noble emphasized the qualifications of the fire department staff in handling emergency cases, citing their experience in responding to over 100 EMS calls within the last six months.