PLEASE READ if you live in DuBois City or Sandy Twp
This was copied and pasted from the “request for proposals for Emergency Medical Services for the city of DuBois and Sandy Twp.
“The Municipalities require an EMS provider to provide emergency medical care and emergency ambulance service within the Municipalities. Such a provider would be granted the right to be the exclusive provider of such services in the Municipalities.”
They are proposing to have only one service (not two) for our community! “They” are Herm Suplizio, Shawn Arbaugh, and anyone else on the EMS consolidation committee.
This community is served by two services who struggle at times to meet the emergency needs of our community. There is a nationwide shortage of EMS professionals and believe me, there is a local shortage as well. Our local BLS services are struggling every day and rely on us to help them provide services for their communities. If you listen to your scanner, you will hear both services turning over calls to the other. It is only the combined efforts of both services that keep this community safe.
“The outcome of this RFP will be the selection of a Proposer (Contractor) with whom the Municipalities will execute an exclusive, performance-based agreement (Agreement) for the provision of 1) a ground emergency medical transportation system at a “paramedic Advanced Life Support” (ALS) level of service; and 2) non-emergency interfacility paramedic ALS ambulance transports originating in the Municipalities."
So, this one ambulance service is also required to do interfacility transports for Penn Highlands Hospital which takes an ambulance out of service for the duration of that transport.
“The Contractor may be called upon to assist with fire stand-by calls, provide a supervisor for command posts when requested, and staff a dedicated ALS unit for community or special events within the Municipalities (such as fireworks, community events, athletic events, etc.). The special events will not be a separately billed item but may require additional staffing.”
A staff dedicated means just that, they are there for that event only, and not able to respond to other emergency calls. Yes, this takes another ambulance out of service for other calls in our area.
What they are proposing is decreasing ambulance service in our area. Will there be anyone to answer your call? Ask HERM!
Any contact for additional information should be made to both Shawn Arbaugh and Herm Suplizio via email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Once this goes into effect, it will be too late. Don’t let anyone fool you, this is NOT GOOD for our community. I don’t know of any other local communities or municipalities that control their ambulance services. Get politics out of EMS! I don't care which service you prefer, we need both.
Our city government should be helping EMS not cutting it!
This is a crazy idea! Sometimes they don't have enough help to cover our area now. Remember all events that would take an ambulance and crew out of service (stand-by for school sports, fires, transports, etc.) One company will not be enough to cover. How many fire companies will remain to cover area after consolidation? We'll need more than one ambulance company to cover an area this size!