Bids will be opened at 1:30 Wednesday for a new Boise Fire Department ambulance, but even at this late date it is not a “done deal.”
The City is rushing to get an ambulance transport license from the State of Idaho in advance of anticipated new administrative rules that would require officials to consider the following:
–FASTER RESPONSE TIMES
–PATIENT OUTCOME (better care)
Despite the fact Boise will open bids they requested for a new truck cab and chassis for a used ambulance body, Dave Bieter sent a letter to a citizen saying, “Neither the City Council nor the Mayor has authorized emergency transport services by the Boise Fire Department at this time.”
That is very true. The city has no authority to run an ambulance “at this time” because they don’t have any ambulances or the required license. The letter went on to say the action was an effort to preserve the city’s “right to provide emergency transport. Team Dave didn’t tell the citizen they had already sought bids for an ambulance–apparently one they don’t plan to use other than to “preserve their rights.” Why the bids if they don’t plan to go into business?
In fact, the terms of their bid financing are probably illegal and violate the Idaho Constitution. They seek a multi-year “lease-purchase” which the Supreme Court has previously ruled as unconstitutional.
To prevent having a large purchase (ambulance) show up in the budget, it looks like they are going for monthly payments to keep it from the scrutiny of voters, or perhaps the council.
So far in this fiasco, which the Daily Paper and most other news outlets have failed to publish or air, we have emergency doctors opposing a Boise City ambulance, reps from two hospitals have met with the County Commishes voicing disapproval, bids for an ambulance with questionable financing will be opened Wednesday, and this is all just to “preserve the right” for ambulance service in a city that already has a taxpayer supported ambulance service provided by Ada County EMS.
UPDATE–The Boise Weekly has a story in the current issue referring to the GUARDIAN story.
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