The City of Slaton's EMS is at risk of being given to another service provider. This could result in increased response times, and the new provider may not have your best interests as a priority. City officials have been looking at outsourcing the program for the past few months without public knowledge. The City of Slaton claims that EMS is too costly to maintain, cannot hire an adequate number of personnel, uses too much over-time, and does not receive enough collections from billing. However, we believe that keeping Slaton EMS local is in the best interest of community members. Preliminary research has shown that with minor changes in employee shift scfhedules and pay, hiring practices, outreach programs, exploring other collection agencies, and combining the fire and EMS departments, we can take care of the issues at hand and improve the EMS program. We believe that the current service can not only be saved, but made more cost-efficient while providing greater service to the community and surrounding areas. We therefore request that City of Slaton officials explore options to save the local program, rather than terminate it. This petition will be presented at the citizen education meeting scheduled for 9 AM on July 30th at Slaton City Hall. Please express your support by signing this petition. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
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