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.