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La Salle chooses another service over Peru Ambulance

Posted by wlpo on November 15, 2010

An ambulance service from Schiller Park has beaten out Peru Ambulance Service to handle calls in La Salle.

The La Salle City Council decided Monday night to begin negotiations with Paramedic Services of Illinois to establish a 24-hour ambulance service that would have an ambulance or two at the La Salle Fire Station.

The decision to switch services came after a plea by PVS director Mark Roberson, who said La Salle going with another service would diminish the service provided to both towns.  He offered a revised offered that included a $4,000 a month fee, an ambulance in La Salle 24 hours a day, and possible name and logo changes.  He also said it would save people’s jobs.

But many La Salle officials felt PVS should have made that offer last Monday when five services made offers during an informal meeting.

The new service has said they would hire local paramedics.  La Salle would be paying about $28,300 a month but would be able to be paid from the money collected by the service, something that hasn’t been happening with Peru.

La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove thinks they could have the new service in place in three months.  PVS has said they would continue to work with La Salle during the transition.

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