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Questions surround ambulance service in Springville, Concord

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Mercy Flight will be ending ground ambulance service in Springville and Concord at noon.

The ground service had been operating since September under emergency authority from Wyoming Erie Regional EMS Council. That same agency ended that authority during a meeting last night in the South Wales Fire Hall. Mercy Medical Operations Director Donald Trzepacz Junior says he isn't sure how the service will be handed back to Rural/Metro.
"We have been denied the ability to continue operation in the Village of Springville and the Town of Concord," Trzepacz said.

"We have been currently operating under an emergency operating authority that was issued by the state subsequent to a 12 in favor and one abstention vote by the same council that denied us the opportunity to continue said service tonight." 

Trzepacz says Mercy Ambulance was called in because Rural/Metro service had declined to as little as 35 percent availability in August and September, citing 9-1-1 records. He says Mercy was available around 100 percent of the time since starting in September to now.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.