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Ambulance providers make case to provide service to Town of Rotterdam

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Thursday night, two ambulance services made their case to become Rotterdam's permanent EMS service. Dozens packed into Town Hall as Mohawk Ambulance and Rotterdam Emergency Services told board members why they should be selected to answer the call when someone dials 911. Erin Vannella has more.

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. -- Rotterdam EMS and Mohawk Ambulance make their pitches to town board members. Each organization was allowed to speak for 20 minutes, followed by a question and answer segment.

"I want to know each of your response times, for each drive you mentioned," said Rotterdam Town Board Member Robert Godlewski.

"You said Mohawk Ambulance exceeds its contractual obligations. Can you give me an example of that?" asked Rotterdam Town Supervisor Harry Buffardi.

Those questions are just a tiny slive of the nearly three hours of questioning answered by the bidders.

"We will strive for, in any part of your town, eight minutes for response time," said Rich Brandt of Mohawk Ambulance.

"The revenue we collect, is strictly for operations. Nobody makes a profit. We're not a family, we're a not-for-profit," said Dean Romano of Rotterdam Emergency Services.

Both organizations stated their strengths, explained how they're strengthening their weaknesses, and board members listened.

"I know there's a lot of emotion in this room right now, and with TV cameras here, the emotions get out of hand, but this board has to ask some serious questions here tonight.
To come to what is, for us of us, a difficult decision for board members," said Godlewski.

The board will make a decision at their next meeting on December 11.

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