Utica, NY (WIBX) - A victory for the City of Utica in its dispute with Kunkel Ambulance over service. A state appeals court ruled the city fire department can temporarily keep providing ambulance service until October when they issue a final ruling.

Russ Brooks is the fire Chief for Utica and says he was notified by the mayor what the outcome was.
"I was notified this morning by Mayor David Roefaro that the city had been successful to keep operating the City of Utica ambulance service," said Brooks.

Brooks says the decision was based on the determination that to stop service would be harmful to the city.

The dispute dates back to 2005 when the city started the ambulance service. Prior to that the fire department provided medical care at the scene but then handed off the patient to Kunkel for transport.

Brooks says he's confident that the city will retain its license to continue to operate.

We are awaiting comment from Kunkel on this latest ruling.