Some City Leaders Rethinking Need To Change Ambulance Service

Some Augusta Commissioners don't see the emergency in changing ambulance service.

Commissioners voted in March, after eight years, to put Gold Cross ambulance on notice that its contract will end, and get bids from other companies to provide service.

But, some Commissioners say they would rather renegotiate a contract with Gold Cross instead.

A motion to end the requests for proposals failed in a close vote at Tuesday's meeting.

“I've had some meetings with hospital administration, it seems like Gold Cross has been working good for the people they need to provide their services for, and I felt like renegotiation of the contract is a good motion,” says Commissioner Mary Davis.

But, Gold Cross has had the contract since 2005 and the idea for some it doesn't hurt to look other companies.

“Well right now, there's no reason to look,” says Davis.

Commissioner Marion Williams is leading the charge to end the requests for proposals, and stay with Gold Cross, and says he will bring the issue back before city leaders.

Last month, representatives from 13 companies attended a pre-bid conference on the ambulance contract, and the bids will be opened May 28th.

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