AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — UMass Amherst announced Thursday that it will provide $80,000 to the Town of Amherst for expanded ambulance services.
The money, according to UMass spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski, will pay for two ambulances to be staffed during busy periods, primarily weekends during the fall and spring semesters.
Blaguszewski adds that this new funding expands upon an agreement reached in March between the town and the university, which addressed public safety issues and included funding for those two ambulances for the Spring 2013 semester.
Under the agreement, the number of ambulances staffed in town increases from three to five, with the extra ambulances intended to address concerns of a lack of emergency services in town while ambulances are transporting intoxicated students to Cooley Dickinson Hospital during busy Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
The $80,000 in funding will supplement funds the university already pays to the town for ambulance calls, which is done on a per-call formula. During fiscal year 2012, UMass Amherst says that they paid Amherst $363,718 for ambulance service under the agreement.