Mayor David Cohen announced a new emergency service provider for Newton. Cataldo Ambulance Service Inc. of Somerville will take over ambulance services from American Medical Rescue (AMR) starting around the start of 2010.
“This was not an easy decision, and I want to thank each of the five applicants for their submissions. Of course, I had to make my decision based exclusively on what was the very best interest of the public safety of the people of Newton,” Cohen said Tuesday.
Newton firefighters had requested that the decision be delayed to explore the option for in-house ambulance services, but Cohen said such a delay would violate “the integrity of the process and was not in the best interest of protecting public safety.”