Santa Clara County gets new ambulance company

Santa Clara County will get 55 new ambulances and a new ambulance company for the first time in more than 30 years.

July 1, 2011 12:20:11 AM PDT
There is now a new emergency medical service in Santa Clara County. It's the first new ambulance service there in more than 30 years. Rural Metro of California is taking over from American Medical Response.

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.