Re Private Ambulances: My experience tells me that private ambulances have ways to add unwarranted charges. Private ambulance personnel are good, yet some angels of mercy do turn into mercenaries too. Though regulated, private ambulances have their own way of charging more without giving any treatment, or coaxing someone into taking an unnecessary trip to hospital making it a very expensive taxi ride.
Yes, the city may save on unnecessary over time, but the private ambulances add unwarranted charges outside the regulated rates. They send threatening letters from lawyers, and even citizens with good insurance and money do not have time to go fight in the court.
I trust Fire Department.
-- Pramod Kulkarni, Sacramento