Ambulance provider selected |

Ambulance provider selected

PLACERVILLE – The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors looked to the final score and chose CalTahoe EMS as the best candidate to provide ambulance service for the the Tahoe Basin.

CalTahoe outscored the other candidate provider, Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance, in an assessment made by a six-member selection committee comprised of medical and emergency response officials.

CalTahoe is expected to enter into a five-year contract with El Dorado County to provide ambulance service for the South Tahoe Basin beginning Sept. 1.

District 5 Supervisor Dave Solaro said CalTahoe is a good choice to provide ambulance service for the South Tahoe Basin.

“CalTahoe scored the highest throughout a very difficult and complicated process,” Solaro said. “There were no reasons not to award them the bid. I am confident that they will provide excellent professional service to the residents and visitors of the Tahoe Basin.”

CalTahoe will be operated jointly by the city of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Valley Fire Protection District and North Tahoe Fire Protection District. Brian Schafer, co-author of CalTahoe’s proposal and Lake Valley fire captain, said he is excited because the board’s decision allows them to prepare to provide service by Aug. 31 when the contract ends for Lake Tahoe Ambulance.

“We are excited, and now we have a lot of work,” Schafer said. “We have to negotiate a contract and we have to get the ambulances and get the personnel. We know what we have to do and we are ready.”

Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, county director of public health, said she hopes to have the contract with CalTahoe ready by the end of August so the new provider will be ready to provide service by September.

“I think they bring many positive things to the table. We are going to work with them to bring them into a contract,” Erbe-Hamlin said. “We are already setting up meetings to negotiate contracts to have this ready to go Sept. 1. We’ll try to get the bulk of it done in the month of July because they are going to need the month of August to bring themselves aboard.”

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