We believe keeping EMS local is in the best interest of Slaton and area community members.
Please join us on August 13th at 6:30pm to voice your concerns. Encourage the City Council to approve a Committee and allow adequate research into ALL avenues.
City of Slaton officials are negotiating the outsourcing of Slaton’s locally-controlled ambulance service. Emergency response times could increase and any new provider of this vital service may not have your best interest as a priority.
The City claims Slaton’s EMS is just too costly to maintain. However, research done by two local citizens with experience in the EMS field shows that the service can not only be saved, but made more cost-efficient while providing greater service to the community and surrounding areas.
We need you to show your support for Slaton EMS!
Join us at City Hall, on August 13th at 6:30pm, to discuss the issues with city officials.
Sign the online petition at
The City Says EMS is Too Costly
- The City claims EMS does not bring in enough revenue.
The EMS service is not meant to bring in revenue. It is a service provided by the City to save lives. If the City breaks even on cost versus income, the program can be considered cost-efficient and successful. However, according to the city’s financial statement, EMS has actually brought in over $160,000 in revenue since 2006.
- The City says EMS has difficulty hiring personnel.
Reaching out to local resources could draw in the needed personnel. For instance, South Plains College certifies dozens of trained paramedics, intermediates, and basic certified EMT’s every year. Many of these emergency workers don’t have the opportunity for a full-time job in the area. These local resources need to be made aware of the employment opportunities in Slaton.
- The City says current employees use too much over-time.
Slaton EMS currently has seven personnel, which is not enough to operate on the 12-hour shift schedule (it takes eight people to run an ambulance on this schedule). This means EMS is already one employee short before incidences like vacation and sick leave are considered. The City has not hired part-time employees to fill this personnel gap. But, by hiring part-time personnel, combining EMS and Slaton Volunteer Fire Dept. personnel, and changing the shift schedule and pay, it would be feasible to run two ambulances full-time while lowering over-time costs.
- The City does not receive enough collections from billing.
The City has utilized Data Management as their collection agency for many years. Most of the other Lubbock County EMS services also used Data Management until a few years ago, when they moved to other collection agencies, which increased their collection percentages. Preliminary research has shown that collection percentages can be increased by exploring other collection agency options.
Top Reasons to Keep EMS Local
- The response time for help to arrive could increase.
Response times within the city currently average 3-5 minutes. When Slaton EMS needs additional help on an emergency call, or the primary ambulance is not available, the Slaton Fire Dept. responds with trained personnel to assist when and where needed. If the EMS program is outsourced, Slaton and area residents would be at the mercy of the contract service’s closest available unit, because the city would no longer possess the secondary ambulance used for volunteer response. Response times could increase to 15-20 minutes.
- High level of compassion and care.
When you keep emergency services local, you get neighbors helping neighbors. Many of Slaton’s EMS personnel live here and all spend the majority of their time here. When they respond to an emergency call, you aren’t viewed as just another face.
- Comfort and confidence.
When an emergency happens, it is extremely comforting to see an ambulance pull up with “Slaton EMS” written on the side. It inspires confidence during your emergency to know that the local responders view Slaton and area residents as their only priority.
- Local revenue stream.
Despite the City’s claims, Slaton EMS has brought in over $160,000 in revenue since 2006. If the ambulance service is outsourced to UMC, the revenue amount goes to $0.
- Community pride.
Slaton EMS began as Lubbock County EMS in the 1970s as a volunteer service. It has grown to now include a full-time, professionally-trained staff ready to respond to the community and area’s needs. Slaton EMS has had contracts with the city for football standbys, special event stand-bys, and has been a proud supporter of Santa Red and Blue.
- Collaborative relationships.
If the Slaton Fire Dept. and EMS were combined, better response time, communication, and effectiveness would be achieved by ensuring an ample amount of trained personnel are on the scene. The secondary ambulance could be utilized to transport the patient, instead of calling on another ambulance provider.
- Quality control.
Slaton’s EMS is currently under the authority of the City of Slaton. This ensures the highest quality service is always provided to citizens. If the service is contracted out, the City will no longer have any control over the quality of service.