Lakewood plans to privatize EMS
The city of Lakewood says that eliminating Emergency Medical Services will save $1 million a year, however, the plans to do so are being met with opposition.
The city also says that eliminating EMS will help balance the budget. People that News 12 New Jersey spoke with in the community fear that the elimination will put people?s lives at risk.
Community members also worry that the cost will be shifted to patients. The EMS department costs the dity about 60 percent more money than it brings in. Eliminating the ambulance service would cost 28 people their jobs.