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Citizen Information Center Division
2000 Media Release


March 15, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Announces Release of RFI on Ambulance Services

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that the city is seeking responses to a Request for Information (RFI) from providers interested in providing ambulance service in Lincoln. The RFI was mailed to 14 potential respondents throughout the United States on Wednesday, March 15, 2000. The city is asking that responses be returned by April 28, 2000.

The current Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity held by Rural/Metro Medical Services expires December 31, 2000. The RFI process will result in the awarding of a new certificate by the end of June.

"City Council members and I have discussed the process surrounding the expiration of the current certificate for several months," Wesely said. "We determined that in order to ease any necessary transition between providers, a decision should be made at least six months before the expiration of the current certificate."

A review committee comprised of representatives of the city administration, the City Council and the Lancaster County Medical Society will review the responses and make recommendations to the Mayor by June 1, 2000. The Mayor expects to make his recommendation to the Council by June 5, 2000. (A complete timeline is attached.)

Interested providers may obtain a copy of the RFI by calling City Clerk Paul Malzer at (402) 441-7426 or contacting his office on the first floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Timeline: March 6 Mayor presented draft RFI and proposed time line to City Council March 13 Ambulance Services pre-council meeting to address City Council questions March 15 Release of the RFI March, April Review recommendations of the Mayor's EMS Task Force and the EMS, Inc. Certificate Review Committee April 28 RFI responses on file with the City Clerk will be forwarded to Review Committee May 1-31 Review of responses by Review Committee June 1 Review Committee recommendations forwarded to the Mayor June 5 Mayor presents recommendation to the City Council. All certificate applications will be forwarded to the City Council. June 12-26 City Council holds public hearing and takes action on issuing the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for ambulance services in Lincoln

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