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A Rutherford County EMS ambulance stands ready for calls. The City of Murfreesboro is considering a partnership with a private ambulance service. FILE

Murfreesboro is continuing a study on the feasibility of launching an ambulance service in partnership with a private vendor.

The city recently closed out a request for proposal process of interested vendors. The city began advertising “Ambulance Services for the Fire Department” on May 26.

According to Mike Browning, public information director, the names of the companies who submitted proposals are:

Amerimed Emergency Medical Services

American Medical Response (AMR)

First Call Ambulance

Priority Ambulance

Saint Thomas Health – Ascension

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

No date has been given for opening the bids or presenting the offers to the Murfreesboro City Council.

The city began studying the idea in the spring of 2019 after city officials expressed dissatisfaction with response times by Rutherford County EMS and city-county efforts since at least 2018 to share dispatch center space.

The city council decided in March this year to allow staff to explore options to start an ambulance service, either through Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department or in a public-private partnership.

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