Benton County sets ambulance service
County Judge Barry Moehring said the new partnership could provide the county with a future business model.
By Tomm Sissom
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
BENTONVILLE -- Benton County will save about $300,000 on rural ambulance service in 2018.
County officials said they have reached agreement with the seven ambulance service providers, mostly municipal fire departments, that cover the unincorporated areas of the county. The county will pay the providers about $1.8 million this year, and the cost for 2018 is expected to be about $1.5 million.
A partnership between Mercy Emergency Medical Services and the Beaver Lake Fire Department made the savings possible. The responsibility for serving areas east of Rogers will shift from that city's fire department to the partnership.
The Rogers Fire Department has provided ambulance service to the area for many years. It's expected to cost the county $352,000 this year. Mercy is providing ambulance service to the southeastern portion of the county this year at an expected cost of about $466,000. Mercy submitted a proposal to the county to combine the two areas and provide ambulance service for $546,000. Read more.