McALLEN The City of McAllen has adopted a new ambulance ordinance that takes effect on October 1.

"The ordinance is set up to make sure that other ambulance providers, that are not contracted as emergency service providers (with the City of McAllen) meet the requirements of being equipped with medical equipment and personnel, as required by the Department of Home State Health Services," said McAllen Fire Chief Rogelio "Roy" Rubio.

The administrative staff of the McAllen Fire Department will be responsible for inspecting the ambulances that are seeking a permit to operate within the city limits of McAllen.

Each ambulance company will pay a $500 registration fee in addition to a $25 per vehicle inspection fee. Ambulance inspections will only take place in the months of October, November and December.

A successful inspection will be good for one year.