No action on ambulance service bid for another year |

No action on ambulance service bid for another year

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is not expected to be able to award a bid to a South Shore ambulance provider for another year.

The board voted in December to open the South Shore’s ambulance service to a competitive bidding process.

Lake Tahoe Ambulance has been the area’s sole provider for more than 10 years.

Lake Valley Fire Department officials felt they could provide more emergency services to the community. They are unhappy with the decision.

Currently, the bids are on hold. In a letter from Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, director for the Department of Public Health, “The board has directed that the Emergency Medical Service Plan, submitted to the state in July 1999, be revised to reflect the creation of an Exclusive Operating Area in County service Area No. 3.”

After the public has time to review the revised plan, it will be submitted to the board as early as March 28.

Upon approval, the review will be sent to the state EMS authority, where it could take up to six months for the process. The county can not issue a Request for Proposal until this step is taken.

Once the RFP process is under way, it could take another seven months to award a bid. Lake Valley Fire Chief John Ceko said it could take even longer for the board to award a bid. LTA and Lake Valley Fire are on the bidder’s list, but have no control of the present situation.

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