BELDING — After losing $137,000 in its ambulance services last year, the Belding City Council explored privatization possibilities and approved a contract with Life EMS, according to the Greenville Daily News.

“It’s a result of not being able to afford our own ambulance service,” City Manager Randy DeBruine told the Daily News, “We’ve tried a few things to keep it going and found ourselves not being able to afford it.” The city will pay the company $26,505 a year for the service. The company was expected to start on April 15.

“The people shouldn’t see a difference. The level of response times and destinations, everything will be the same as it was, other than the uniforms and the color of the ambulance,” Life EMS operations manager Jani Millard told the Daily News.

“Belding to privatize ambulance service,” Greenville Daily News, Jan. 17, 2008

“Life EMS to Belding in April,” Greenville Daily News, Jan. 29, 2008