Ambulance proposal for Hadley moves forward

Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

HADLEY — A proposal from a Hadley ambulance service to handle medical calls in town will continue to be examined by town officials.

The Ambulance Study Work Group on Monday determined that the bid from Action EMS, which has a location at the corner of Route 9 and Cross Path Road, is a valid response to the town’s advertisement, Select Board Chairwoman Molly Keegan said.

The board was expected to set a course of action Wednesday during a meeting with the study committee.

Keegan said as a bona fide response, Town Administrator David Nixon can open the monetary portion of the proposal and learn more details about how Action EMS would replace the town of Amherst in serving Hadley.

In a letter from letter from Michael Woronka, CEO of Action Ambulance, the price proposals begin at $295,000 on July 1, 2018, rise to $309,750 on July 1, 2019 and would be set at $325,237.50 on July 1, 2020.

Under terms of the current contract Hadley has with Amherst, signed May 6, 2015 and expiring June 30, the town is assessed $140,000.

Amherst handles about 1,000 ambulance calls annually.

Amherst and Pioneer Valley EMS/MedStar in Northampton did not submit bids to handle ambulance service.

Hadley is seeking a contract that runs from July 1, 2018, when its current arrangement with the town of Amherst ends, through June 30, 2021.

The city of Holyoke began a contract with Action EMS in January, replacing AMR.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.