Fire board approves UCH ambulance contract |

Fire board approves UCH ambulance contract

Jason Pohl

The Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue board on Thursday unanimously accepted a contract proposal from University of Colorado Health, taking a major step forward in the ongoing ambulance discussions.

"We are very pleased with the provisions put forth by UCH. They exceeded our expectations," said board president Stephanie Buchholtz after the meeting.

She said the board didn't identify many problems with the deal and that it was a "pretty straight-forward discussion."

But the issue isn't closed yet.

Weld County commissioners will discuss their own ambulance code changes during second reading of an ordinance Monday, which could ultimately grant them exclusive purview in all future emergency medical services decisions.

The move could present a series of legal hurdles for the area's fire boards hoping to bring in UCH as the provider.

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Pending commissioners' discussion, the fire board hopes to officially sign the contract sometime this week, Buchholtz said. UCH would then have 120 days to implement the new service.

Emergency medical operations would not be disrupted during the transition, Buchholtz said.

"We will continue to pursue whatever avenues we need to make this a reality," she added. "It's something we need to do for our citizens."

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