Effective Immediately: Commercial Ambulance Service Now Responsible for Hospital Transports in the Arlington Fire District
Effective 7 AM on January 1, 2017, Arlington Fire District (AFD) will no longer transport patients to the hospital. While EMS providers from AFD will still respond to all EMS calls and provide on-scene treatment, Mobile Life Support Services (MLSS), a commercial ambulance agency, will take over hospital transports. Whereas previously, AFD provided free transportation to area hospitals, MLSS will now bill patients for their services. While many health insurance plans will cover this, it is still possible that the patient will be required to pay a co-pay depending on their specific insurance plan and provider.
The operations of VCEMS will remain the same; when anyone on campus calls the CRC (845-437-7333), VCEMS will be dispatched. In the event that the patient requires transport to the hospital, VCEMS will request an ambulance, but care will now be transferred to MLSS as opposed to AFD. While we understand that this new change may be a financial burden, we still urge all members of the community to call the CRC and request EMS in any instance where emergent medical care is needed.
Arlington Fire District Media Release