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(Las Vegas, NV)  –  Dozens of American Medical Response ambulance workers are unhappy over the Las Vegas Fire Department’s new policy on hospital transports.

Fire Chief Willie McDonald told the city council yesterday he’s eliminating the so-called “dual response” system where both AMR and city paramedics are called out, but only one takes the patient to the hospital.

McDonald says his goal is to have the fire department handle more than 50 percent of all hospital runs.

The fire chief was confronted by AMR workers after his presentation.  They fear losing their jobs under the plan.

An independent report estimates the city could make up to $14 million by boosting patient runs.

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