Leave Contracts With Fort To Local Businesses
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Arizona Ambulance has provided ambulance services in southern Cochise County since 2000. They are headquartered in Sierra Vista and employ 50 people.
They have provided 9-1-1 ambulance services on Ft. Huachuca since 2007 under a contract with the Army. They were recently advised the fort was considering a public-public partnership with the City of Sierra Vista (through a non-competitive process) and that their existing contract would only be extended to the end of the year. The Sierra Vista Fire Department's strategic plan goals include "pursue Fort Huachuca EMS contract" and further recognizes "privatization" as a "potential threat."
That the city views the private sector as a "threat" should be very concerning for you and your colleagues as policy makers. They have worked with the city as an integrated response partner in Emergency Medical Services for over 14 years and don't understand why they would be considered a "Threat." I think Arizona Ambulance is an asset to the community and so do the thousands of patients they've cared for.
On July 17 Arizona Ambulance met with the city manager and his staff. They were advised the City was acting under the direction fro the City Council.
Arizona Ambulance is at a loss as to why the City would want to take 16 jobs (the fort staffing) from the private sector and move them to the City's payroll.
The City Council Strategic Leadership Plan FY 2015-17, in the "Critical Success Factors" section (page 4) states: "The City works effectively to attract new business, retain, and grow current business..."
The city's actions are diametrically opposite your policy statement. Arizona Ambulance can only assume the city is looking for new revenue sources. Doing so at the expense of a local private business is wrong. The city has lost over $9 million on its ambulance operation over the last four years ad the marginal increase in Fort Huachuca revenue will not offset that loss, but devastate a local business and its employees.
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