UMass Amherst Again to Pay $80,000 to Support Expanded Town of Amherst Ambulance Services

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will again provide the Town of Amherst $80,000 for expanded ambulance service during the fall and spring semesters.

The contribution for the 2014-2015 school year will cover staffing for two additional ambulances during busy periods, mostly on weekends.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “This agreement extends the university’s support of expanded ambulance service, which has been a successful addition to public safety resources in the town over the past three semesters.”

The $80,000 is in addition to the payments made by the university to the town for ambulance service according to a per-call formula. Under that agreement, UMass Amherst paid the town $363,718 for ambulance services during fiscal 2012.

The university began paying to cover the expanded service in the spring of 2013.