The subject of providing a publicly funded ambulance service or using a private ambulance company has been the subject of much discussion lately. Milford voters were asked to choose between public or private ambulance service in the Spring of 2005. Bedford selectmen looked into using a private ambulance service in late 2004 until they found out it would not reduce the headcount in the fire department.
The following document tries to show how ambulance services are provided by the different municipalities in all the New England States. Rhode Island municipalities mostly rely on their fire departments to provide emergency ambulance service. Vermont municipalities rely more on non-profit ambulance services. Maine, on the other hand, relies more heavily on the local hospitals than any of the other New England States.