Santa Clara County gets new ambulance company

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif.

The $375 million contract will run for five years. The company is getting 55 new ambulances to transport an estimated 70,000 patients throughout most of the county.

"In Silicon Valley here I think folks will notice our providers actually entering their electronic medical records into smartphones and that also ensures that the patient records and the treatment that's provided in the pre-hospital setting can be made available in a timely manner to the nurses and physicians and other staff at the hospital," said Travis Kusman from Rural Metro San Jose.

Rural Metro will also provide five specially equipped vehicles to treat obese patients. Nearly, 95 percent of Rural Metro's staff were previously employed by AMR.

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