The city of San Diego’s ambulance services will remain in private hands, interim mayor Todd Gloria said Tuesday.
Gloria told City Council members he plans to put the ambulance contract out to bid immediately, with an eye toward starting a new five-year term with a private provider in January 2015.
Three private companies, including existing provider Rural/Metro, American Medical Services and Falck, all have expressed interest in running San Diego’s ambulances. We’ve estimated the contract could be worth $55 million annually.
Gloria’s decision shuts out the city’s Fire-Rescue Department because the department cannot bid on a proposal it helped write. The city has been working on this ambulance contract for almost two years, and would have had to start from scratch to give the department a chance. Fellow Democratic Council members Marti Emerald, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez all had expressed interest in a city-run ambulance service.