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EMS merger is final

Delmar-Bethlehem ambulance service expected to save money

Delmar EMS covers the Delmar, Elsmere and Slingerlands fire districts. A new report recommends merging Bethlehem and Delmar EMS.

Delmar EMS covers the Delmar, Elsmere and Slingerlands fire districts. A new report recommends merging Bethlehem and Delmar EMS. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— The report concluded the consolidation of the town’s transporting agencies would “decrease redundancy, allow improvement in operational efficiency and improve patient care by reducing response times.”

“We now have the same standards for our volunteers and our professionals,” Kroll said. “The key to our success is tremendous enthusiasm.”

The ambulance districts have yet to be officially merged and are working under a temporary Certificate of Need so the agency can service the whole town. The legal processes for the agencies to officially merge should be complete within a few months.

“This is about delivering the highest quality of service to the community and insuring the safety of our workers,” said Kroll. “There is no turning back for our organizations.”

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