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Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics will work with a new ambulance service provider when treating patients in the city of Santa Monica.

Carson-based AmeriCare Ambulance Service has been selected as the city’s new ambulance provider from a field of five ambulance companies that submitted bids. The City Council approved the Santa Monica Fire Department’s recommendation at its July 26 meeting.

According to the contract, the fire department provides 911 emergency response and paramedic services while AmeriCare will provide patient transports to the hospitals.

AmeriCare will also provide patient billing services for the city, which is expected to receive approximately $1.2 million a year for paramedic services through patient billings, a fire department spokesman said.

Founded in 1996, AmeriCare currently has over 200 employees with 10 stations and provides service to Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties.

AmeriCare began responding to calls in Santa Monica Aug. 8. The fire department receives an average of about 40 emergency calls per 24-hour period, with approximately 83 percent being medical related, the fire department spokesman said.