One day after the Fort Pierre City Council and Hughes County Commission took similar actions, the Stanley County Commission gave its approval Tuesday to a new five-year contract for ambulance service with AMR, or American Medical Response.
Commission Chairman Dennis Booth said the contract is for $135,000 a year for the next five years, which will be a savings compared to the sliding scale that has been in place in recent years.
Stanley County was the last of the four local governments paying for the service to approve the new contract, which goes into effect in January.
The city of Pierre, which pays the largest share of the cost, was the first to approve it.
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.
Founded in 2001, AMR Pierre South Dakota employs about 14 paramedics and handles an average of 1,100 transports annually, according to its website.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved new contracts for emergency services with the Hughes/Stanley County Emergency Management Office for $6,772, unchanged from the current year, and approved a new contract for community health services for $6,180.
The commission also approved designating space for a South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service employee who will work with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, or EFNEP.
There are no salary or other costs to the county, but it must make space in the crowded Stanley County Courthouse, which already houses both the county and Fort Pierre city offices.