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Monday, June 23, 2014, 10:24 p.m.

Brentwood Council will seek proposals to handle the borough's emergency medical services starting in January.

Despite a crowd of more than 100 residents pleading on Monday to keep their 37-year emergency medical service, council voted 4-3 to seek bids for the service. Council members Rich Schubert, Pat Carnevale and Robert Pasquantonio voted against the move.

Proposals will be sought from Brentwood Emergency Medical Service, the borough's long-term provider, as well as Medical Rescue Team South Authority.

Carnevale said the motion just means that officials are looking to see what's out there. “It's just a feeler,” Carnevale said.

Others said they want to review all options.

“I think that I was elected to make educated decisions, not emotional decisions,” Councilman Dean Trent said.

If Brentwood EMS is selected to continue serving the borough, the nonprofit will not receive housing or additional funds for items like ambulance repairs, council president Marty Vickless has said.

Its 10-year lease for space in the borough building expires at the end of July. Vickless has said that likely will be extended until the end of the year.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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