Cheektowaga now accepting bids for exclusive ambulance coverage

CHEEKTOWAGA – The Town of Cheektowaga is seeking bids from interested ambulance companies to service the town for the next four years.

The town’s current agreement with American Medical Response is set to expire on December 31st.  It is expected that the company will submit a bid to try and remain the town’s exclusive ambulance provider.

The Cheektowaga Chronicle contacted AMR’s two largest competitors – Mercy EMS and Twin City Ambulance.

Mercy EMS parent company, Mercy Flight, just took over ambulance service to a majority of Niagara County.

Scott Wooton, Vice President of Finance says, “Mercy Flight will not be submitting a bid for Cheektowaga. To start, we do not hold a Certificate of Need to perform ground ambulance service within this municipality. Secondly, at this point, we’re working closely with officials in Niagara County to determine how we can improve service to its underserved, rural segments.”

Twin City Ambulance provides coverage to the City of Lockport, Amherst, the Tonawandas, and other Northtowns. General Manager Andrew Knoell says they’ll take a look.

“With any (request for proposal) that comes out, we always look to review the RFP first to see if will fit our business model as well as, can we can fit their business model, and what changes we would potentially like to see in that REP as well.”

Sealed bids will be opened at the Town Clerk’s office on October 25th at 11 am.