KNOX COUNTY, Tenn.(WVLT)--It's official, Rural Metro will continue to provide emergency service to people in Knox County. Monday afternoon, commissioners unanimously approved a new contract for emergency medical services with Rural/Metro Corporation.
The contract approved today is for five years. It has two five-year optional extensions.
“We are grateful for the confidence Knox County Commission and the citizens of Knox County have placed in us,” said Rob Webb, division general manager of Rural/Metro. “We as a company and the men and women of Rural/Metro individually are extremely committed to providing the absolutely best service possible to our neighbors.”
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett is happy they could come to such a quick agreement saying, "Unlike in previous years, we were able to remove the politics from the Emergency Services contract process by engaging a professional group of RFP evaluators. Not only will this agreement help protect the safety of our citizens, it will also save taxpayers $600,000 per year in subsidies, and I look forward to signing it."
A seven-member evaluation committee appointed by the Knox County Purchasing Department studied proposals from three ambulance companies and recommended Rural/Metro as its top choice to Knox County Commission. Rural/Metro is the only one of the contenders to be accredited in Tennessee by the Commission on Ambulance Accreditation Services.
Rural/Metro was endorsed by many individuals and organizations including the senior executives of Covenant Health System, Tennova Healthcare, Summit Medical Group, Shannondale, U.S. Congressman John Duncan, Jr., state Rep. Ryan Haynes, state Rep. Harry Brooks, state Sen. Becky Massey, Sheriff J. J. Jones and the Knox County school system.
“We are extremely proud to once again be named Knox County’s trusted provider of high-quality emergency ambulance services,” said Michael P. DiMino, president and chief executive officer of Rural/Metro Corporation. “The county conducted a comprehensive selection process to ensure citizens that the very best pre-hospital medical professionals will be at their sides during emergencies. We thank the Knox County leadership, EMS evaluation committee and County Commission for their continued confidence and support.”