The village of Weedsport voted to lease its ambulance to Old Erie Ambulance Service during its regular meeting Wednesday.
This decision follows a Central New York Regional Emergency Medical Services Council meeting in September that approved the transfer of ambulance operating authority from the Weedsport Fire Department to Old Erie, a Jordan-based ambulance company.
Fire Chief David James said he's had Weedsport's ambulance listed out of service since the REMSCo meeting.
"We're concerned about operating a rig out of here as quickly as feasible," said Old Erie President Doug Milton.
The village board and Milton discussed whether Old Erie should lease or buy the ambulance, and due to less of an immediate cost to Old Erie as well as more flexibility for the village, the parties decided a lease was the best option.
With Old Erie leasing the ambulance, Milton explained that via a resolution, Weedsport could make it so its medics could also operate it.