Everett Selects NW Ambulance As Sole Provider

NW Ambulance

It looks like Northwest Ambulance will soon be the sole provider of BLS transport to Everett Fire.

Tonight at the Everett City Council meeting Everett Fire EMS Chief Tim Key revealed NW Ambulance was the only responsive bidder in Everett Fire Department’s search for a sole provider to handle Basic Life Support transports within the city limits.

Back in December the Everett Fire Department went before the Everett City Council to explain why they wanted to go to a single provider system. For the past several years a rotation of four different ambulance companies provided service to Everett Fire. At that time the city council denied the fire department’s request.

In March, the fire department made some changes in what it was asking and went back to the city council which agreed to a Request For Proposal for a single provider.

Tonight the Everett Fire Department presented a briefing to the council with the results of that request and recommended NW Ambulance as the sole provider. No vote was taken this evening but a final contract is expected to be presented to the Everett City Council for their approval in the next couple of weeks with service set to begin by the end of summer. You can click here to see the proposed contract.

On Friday Rural Metro Ambulance reportedly announced layoffs of more than four dozen employees in the Everett area effective July 31st. It is not known if NW Ambulance will hire any of those employees as they ramp up staffing to service the Everett Fire Department contract.


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3 Responses to “Everett Selects NW Ambulance As Sole Provider”

  1. IntelligentCitizen Says:

    the fact that there are currently 4 ambulance providers and only one responded to the RFP should be a red flag. This will not be an effective long term solution, although the union already knows that. How else can you hire more Union firefighters if you don’t first try the city’s single ambulance provider solution and make sure it fails. Oh, and let’s not forgot that the General Manager/Executive Director of Northwest Ambulance is a UNION firefighter at Snohomish County Fire District 7. Coincidence? I think not.

  2. Bourne Says:

    The grease is thick in Everett.

  3. Donkey Hotay Says:

    “. . . Everett Fire EMS Chief Tim Key revealed NW Ambulance was the only responsive bidder . . .”

    This is code for the fix was in and the other ambulance providers knew it, so why waste the effort making a pro forma bid.