Clearwater City Council approves city maintaining control of EMS service

Update March 14, 2019

The Clearwater City Council Tuesday approved a plan to move forward with funding to keep the Clearwater EMS service under the city's control.

Wednesday the city says it plans to immediately begin an effort to hire four full-time positions: one emergency services director and three EMS- and-fire-certified position. The city says it's also looking to use its existing volunteers.

the city says maintaining the EMS service will add about $180,000 the the EMS budget.

For the rest of 2019, the additional cost will be absorbed within the existing budget through cuts and delaying purchases and projects," the cit says. "Starting in 2020, the additional costs will be added to the City budget resulting in property tax increases."

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March 4, 2019

The City of Clearwater met Tuesday night with residents to discuss the future of its EMS services.

The public gathering comes a little more than one month since a late-January meeting at which city officials discussed how volunteers are hard to come by and took a look at its options to keep those services running while meeting state regulations.

Clearwater has a pair of options to tackle the issue. First, it can add four paid positions, a director and three full-time paramedics. Adding these positions would come at an addition to taxpayer costs in the city.

The city could also rely solely on Sedgwick County EMS. It would cost the county about $500,000 to cover EMS service for Clearwater, Sedgwick County Public Information Officer Kate Flavin said in January.

The City of Clearwater is set to make a final decision on the future of its EMS services on March 12.