Common Council again extends Rural Metro contract

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Rural/Metro has been Buffalo’s only emergency services provider for years, but as city’s Common Council considers changing providers, lawmakers again extended Rural/Metro’s contract.

Common council President Darius Pridgen told News 4 the Brown Administration formally filed a request to extend the contract with Rural/Metro until June. Tuesday the council approved the extension.

Rural/Metro, western New York’s largest EMS provider, has had exclusive rights to the City of Buffalo, but now they’re facing new competition. News 4 has learned two out-of-state companies have put in a bid to have the exclusive rights to provide ambulance service within the city limits.

Pridgen believes this request to extend the current contract for just a few months shows that the Mayor’s office is taking a serious look at the other two companies looking to replace Rural/Metro.

Rural/Metro, which employees hundreds of paramedics and EMTs in WNY, made it through a brief strike by its workers last July and is now emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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