Lake Tahoe Ambulance will put up competitive bid |

Lake Tahoe Ambulance will put up competitive bid

Michael Schneider

Lake Tahoe Ambulance, Inc. will compete with the team of the city of South Lake Tahoe and Lake Valley Fire Department for South Shore ambulance services.

The ambulance corporation, which has provided service on the South Shore and its surrounding area for 25 years, will submit a competitive bid to El Dorado County by the Sept. 15 deadline.

The county contracts ambulance services for County Service Area No. 3, encompassing the state line area to Twin Bridges and Emerald Bay south to Amador and Alpine Counties.

When each contract expires, the county is required to seek requests for proposals from all interested in providing ambulance service to the described area of El Dorado County.

Chuck Staib, chief executive officer of Lake Tahoe Ambulance, said he expects the ambulance corporation’s bid to be competitive with the city and Lake Valley’s.

At last week’s South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting, the council voted to enter into a joint powers agreement with Lake Valley to pursue the ambulance contract.

Staib said his company has a good working relationship with both the city’s fire department as well as Lake Valley and doesn’t expect the competition to impact that relationship.

“It’s just business – nothing personal,” Staib said.

Lake Tahoe Ambulance’s only working area is County Service Area No. 3.

Staib said, if the corporation were to be unsuccessful in securing a renewal of their contract with the county, it would have to get a new service area or shut its doors.

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