Following is my inquiry and response from a state agency.
Hi Mr. Bennett,
There is no such contract. The Mass. Department of Public Health does not enter into any such contracts with municipalities about how they provide their ambulance service. We are a state agency, and have promulgated regulations, 105 CMR 170.000, that pertain to the standards statewide for ambulance service licensure, the standards for EMS delivery and the training and certification of EMTs. We also have a requirement that all local jurisdictions be covered by a Department-approved EMS service zone plan, and our regulations have standards for minimum elements to be included in such plans and their update and approval. These plans are written by the towns, reviewed by Regional EMS Councils and then the Mass. Department of Public Health (Department). The town of Templeton has a Department-approved service zone plan, which is almost 10 years old at this point. But that service zone plan, also, contains nothing that requires the town, should it cease the paid ambulance service, to have a private ambulance service housed in Templeton.
Silva Cameron, JD
Manager, Policy and Regulatory Development
MA Department of Public Health
Office of Emergency Medical Services
99 Chauncy Street, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
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To: Silva Cameron;
My name is Jeff Bennett, a resident of the Town of Templeton, MA and a member of the Town's Advisory Committee. I am trying to find out if there is a "contract" between the Town and the state regarding municipal ambulance service. This "contract" involves the issue of Templeton converting to a paid ambulance service years ago and a requirement that if the Town ceased this service, there is a requirement for a private ambulance service to be housed in Templeton. The Town seems unable to locate this document, so I am trying to see if the state department of health/OEMS has this document. Is there a data base where I could possibly search for it? Not even sure if you are the person to deal with this issue, but yours is the name I have. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.