Ambulance service changes begin in City of Lockport

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Beginning Monday, the City of Lockport will officially switch ambulance service to a private-run company.

Going forward, Twin City Ambulance will handle all EMS calls. The move is expected help save the cash-strapped city about $400,000 a year.

Previously, the fire department used to handle EMS calls. Fire officials are worried about what the change will mean when lives are on the line.

Lockport City Fire Department Captain Thomas Lupo said, “It’s really hard to change 40 years of tradition and how you’ve done things and now you have to rewrite guidelines and procedures for all these changes in basically seven days.”

News 4 asked Lupo, “Is it worth saving a half million dollars a year to do that?”

He responded, “I don’t know if it’s savings. What’s a life worth? If that’s the way you want to ask, what’s a life worth?”

The city could be almost $5 million in debt by the end of the year.

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