Posted: Nov 12, 2012 9:58 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
Updated: Nov 13, 2012 10:04 AM
BISHOP -- Weeks after 6 News first uncovered the the ambulance service provider being considered by the district that represents Bishop, Driscoll and Petronila had a history of violations with the state, the district's commission signed a temporary contract with the company Monday night.
The company, Pro-Medic E.M.S., racked up more than $40,000 in fines for violations ranging from not having oxygen tanks in their ambulances to not having working emergency lights.
The violations, which date back to health department inspection reports from 2009, were a concern of the board that oversees emergency services for the three communities. Since our investigation, they have said their attorney will do a background check on the company before any long-term agreement is signed.
"There's nothing to be concerned about," said Pro-Medic representative Felipe Alvarez. "We're here to provide adequate service, top-notch adequate patient care."
The temporary contract is effective through Nov. 30 and will cost the emergency services district $12,500. A longer contract is expected to be signed within the next couple weeks unless the district's attorney finds something else in the ambulance service's past.
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