Battle over emergency services in Merced County

December 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A battle is brewing over which company will provide exclusive ambulance service in Merced County.

Right now, Riggs Ambulance Service responds to emergencies, and has served the community since 1948. But that could soon change.

American Medical Response also submitted a bid, and recently beat out it's competition by just a few points.

At one time, both agencies said the scoring system was flawed, but RAS is now asking the county to throw out the results and start again.

Don Vornax said, "Our primary concern is the scoring of the judges and how they came up with the scores they did. The majority of evaluators said we chose SEMSA, but county on a narrow 4 point margin gave it to AMR."

The board is expected to vote on the issue at it's meeting on January 29th.

In the video, Action News reporter Linda Mumma has complete coverage on the story.


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