The Fort Pierre City Council gave its approval Monday to a new five-year contract with AMR, the chosen ambulance service provider for the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre and Hughes and Stanley counties.

City council member Larry Cronin said the contract is $135,000 a year for the next five years, with the total amount shared on a percentage breakdown by the four entities.

Fort Pierre pays 13 percent, Stanley County 11 percent, Hughes County 36 percent, and the city of Pierre 40 percent to make up the total.

Cronin said members of the ambulance committee that worked out the contract with AMR believe it is a good deal for taxpayers and an improvement on the sliding scale that has been used in recent years. The sliding scale had the entities paying from $125,000 to about $170,000 depending on transports, Cronin said. At one time in the past four years the cost got as high as $169,000, Cronin said.

The new contract, once all four entities have approved it, goes into effect in January.

Earlier this year the community’s Ambulance Committee chose to stay with AMR, or American Medical Response, the community’s ambulance service provider of the past 10 years, although two other providers also made proposals.

One of those two companies, MED-Star, from Bandon, has since stationed two ambulances in Pierre in order to provide transport to medical facilities around the state and beyond.

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