Staff Report
NewsWest 9

No one ever expects to need an ambulance, but if you're ever caught in that situation, the City of Odessa has an affordable option.

Just 49 dollars a year covers the expense of the ambulance ride whether or not you have any insurance.

Officials say the program called "EMS Lifeline," uses that money to provide training and much needed equipment for their firefighters.

"It's for emergency ambulance service.  Depending on the type of treatment or transportation you receive that cost can be up to 375 dollars.  So, if you don't have any insurance or your Medicaid doesn't cover all the cost, then EMS Lifeline will pay for that," John Alvarez, Assistant Chief with the Odessa Fire Department, said.

The deadline to subscribe to the service is December 31st.