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Denison considers privatizing ambulance service

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The City of Denison is considering a plan to outsource the fire department's ambulance service. (KTEN) The City of Denison is considering a plan to outsource the fire department's ambulance service. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Denison Fire Rescue is considering some changes to the way it delivers emergency services.

Currently, the department operates its own ambulance unit, and firefighters are cross-trained to put out fires and to administer emergency medical assistance. 

"We would downsize a portion," Chief Gregg Loyd said. "Take the rest of the firefighters and solely dedicate them to fire."

The chief explained that the city could outsource the ambulance function to a private firm so staffers could focus exclusively on firefighting.

"We lose a lot of firefighters to an extremely competitive fire market down south in the DFW Metroplex, and so this is an attempt to try to differentiate us from those organizations and create an organization that can retain those employees that is not as attractive to them for recruiting purposes," Loyd said.

Other city officials were not available to comment on the ambulance privatization proposal. If plans are approved, the chief said it could take up to four months before implementation.

"We would never make a recommendation or go with a company that we didn't think was providing the exact same level of service that we're providing today," Loyd said.

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