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EMS accepts bids for management

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By Tracy Harris

Proposals for managing Oldham County EMS are now being accepted after the agency’s board of directors voted to release the request for proposal April 9.

The proposal seeks to find a private company to manage Oldham County EMS while retaining current employees and programs.

Board members released a draft of the RFP in March to solicit public input. 

Board members think outsourcing management and administrative duties could save money.

While the Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District would retain control of the agency and ownership of its facilities and equipment, employees would technically work for a private company.

Oldham County property owners pay .0474 cents per $100 of assessed property value. For example, owners of a home assessed at $200,000 pay $94.80 in annual taxes to the ambulance taxing district. 

The change would remove employees from the state’s hazardous duty retirement plan. Stan Clark, board member and county CFO, said the hazardous duty plan will cost OCEMS $650,000 this year.

OCEMS has 37 full-time employees and 25 part-time employees. Of those, 27 full-time and 15 part-time employees receive hazardous duty pay.

Any third-party management will be required to provide a retirement plan to employees.

Community service programs, including CPR and automated defibrillator instruction, will continue. So will the first responder program, which trains volunteer firefighters on how to provide assistance and backup to OCEMS.

Clark said he received great input from North Oldham Fire Department members Don Dahl and Brad Keller. 

Dahl, assistant chief at NOFD, helped clarify wording about the first responder program.

Clark said Keller, who previously operated an ambulance service in Colorado, submitted nearly 10 pages of comments — and about 39 comments were incorporated from that, Clark said.

Clark said making the draft available online worked well.

“It’s a good exercise to have put it out there,” he said.

Responses to the proposal are due by April 27 and will be discussed at the board’s next meeting May 14.