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Duplin officials seek emergency service bids

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on October 5, 2004 1:57 PM

KENANSVILLE -- The Duplin County commissioners will seek proposals from private providers of emergency medical services. The board has been receiving complaints from residents and EMS workers that a county-owned ambulance service may be too costly.

The board voted Monday to seek proposals, which will be sent out within the next week.

They will be due back in the county manager's office on Seminary Road by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

The county will open the proposals at 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 14

After the proposals are in, the commissioners will schedule a summit meeting for public discussion.

The request for proposals calls for qualified companies to provide full, unsubsidized paramedic level service from six sites throughout the county.

The county has opened a new EMS headquarters and hired a director. There are six county-run EMS stations, at Faison, Pleasant Grove, Warsaw, Beulaville, Wallace and Chinquapin.

The county intends to award a three-year contract beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2008 with up to two additional one-year extensions.

The county will not guarantee any minimum compensation to the service provider or any minimum usage of services, number of emergency calls, their frequency, nature or location.