MADISON — A request for proposal from six Carroll County towns seeking a regional ambulance contract went out to about a dozen providers Tuesday.
The towns are Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Madison, Ossipee and Tamworth. These towns are presently served by CarePlus Ambulance Service. The contract period the towns are seeking to be covered runs from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2025.
Proposals will be due back to the Town of Madison no later than Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. At that time, copies of proposals will be publicly opened and read allowed by respective selectmen at a joint meeting.
The towns seek cost figures for one ambulance staffed 24 hours a day at the EMT-P/Paramedic level and two ambulances staffed 24 hours per day at the AEMT/Advanced level. They also seek figures for three ambulances staffed 24 hours per day at the AEMT/Advanced Level. Plus proposed base locations.
The request for proposal was sent to Action Ambulance Service, American Medical Response, BestCare Ambulance Service, CarePus Ambulance Service, Golden Cross Ambulance Service Inc., LifeLine Ambulance Service, Lifestar Emergency Medical Services, Pridestar EMS, RJ Diluzzio Ambulance Service, Stewarts Ambulance Service and Trinity Ambulance Service.
Each town also has its own specific terms.
In April, selectmen and emergency officials from central Carroll County said they want to seek proposals for a multi-town ambulance contract.
Freedom selectmen hosted a meeting with all the towns in the contract to try to agree on setting a course before it expires in March of 2020.
Selectmen's chair Les Babb said at the outset of the meeting that when the towns first agreed to the contract, "we felt at the time it was the best thing to do financially for all the towns, and my opinion is it still is."