Philly gets help from private ambulances for mass casualty responsesCity officials described it as 'a new milestone' in public-private EMS cooperation
By Jeff Shields
The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — Private ambulance companies will be at the disposal of the municipal 911 system in case of major disasters or "mass casualty incidents," under a program announced by Mayor Nutter on Wednesday.
Dispatchers will be able to summon the fleet of 300 private ambulances currently working in the city to aid the fleet of 35 to 50 city medic units that operate at any given time. City officials described it as "a new milestone" in public-private EMS cooperation.