Ambulance returning to in-house management

Five years after bringing in an outside firm to manage operations, the board which oversees West Side Community Ambulance has decided to return to an in-house management structure.

Board members voted 3-0 during a special meeting Friday evening to proceed with hiring its own operations manager and setting up the network of support services required to take the reins of the taxpayer-supported ambulance which serves Newman, Gustine and the surrounding areas.

“I think it is the right thing for our communities,” said Dennis Brazil, president of the ambulance board. “I think we have lost a lot of local control by not having (an in-house operations manager). We are always at the mercy of whoever is operating us, and our hands are tied in terms of operations. I think this will make us a stronger organization.”

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