Ambulance committee gives update |

Ambulance committee gives update

CalTahoe EMS scored higher than Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance on proposals to provide ambulance service for the Eastern Slope of El Dorado County starting Sept. 1, but the final decision still needs to be made.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will have the final vote tentatively at its June 26 meeting, said Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, director of Public Health for El Dorado County. Meetings are held at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville at 9 a.m.

“I know the board is eagerly awaiting the report,” Erbe-Hamlin said.

The public will be given three minutes each to address the Board of Supervisors about the ambulance providers at the regularly scheduled meeting before the vote.

The scoring was done by a six-member selection committee handpicked by the El Dorado County Health Department.

CalTahoe EMS, which is the City of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Truckee Fire Department and Lake Valley Fire Department, scored about 100 points higher than Reno-based Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance, Erbe-Hamlin said.

Out of a total score of 6,000 points CalTahoe EMS scored about 5,120 and SEMSA about 5,020. Applicants were scored on seven major categories and three sub-categories.

The 700-page-proposals and score cards are public record as of today and are available at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors office in Placerville, 330 Fair Lane. The County will be looking to find a location in South Lake Tahoe for viewing of the documents in about a week. Erbe-Hamlin said. Locations will most likely be The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors office in South Lake Tahoe or the El Dorado County Library.

Lake Tahoe Ambulance, which has served the community since 1972, will not be considered to continue as an ambulance provider for the Eastern Slope of El Dorado County, because it missed the proposal deadline by 10 minutes.

For details call 1-800-491-6642.

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