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ROTTERDAM: Of sirens and safety

Mohawk Ambulance Service still wants to provide emergency medical services to Rotterdam. The company has submitted two proposals to the town claiming it could save Rotterdam taxpayers $500,000 and recently sent a mailer to residents informing them of the proposals.

Spokesman for Mohawk Ambulance Services Chris Bombardier said the first proposal would provide one dedicated ambulance to the town at no cost.

Bombardier said the town's call volumes only necessitate having one dedicated ambulance within the town, but Rotterdam officials and residents have expressed the desire for two.

The second option, Bombardier said, would provide two dedicated ambulances in Rotterdam at a cost of $433,000 per year.

We are looking to grow. We have headquarters in Schenectady, and we know we could provide excellent service to Rotterdam, Bombardier said.

Mohawk Ambulance Service is vying to replace the current ambulance service in the town -- Rotterdam Ambulance, or Rotterdam EMS. The proposal would not replace the town-managed paramedics.

According to Bombardier, Mohawk Ambulance could provide better service and generate money for the town.

Bombardier said Mohawk Ambulance states in its contract that its response times are less than eight minutes, which he said is the national average.

Mohawk Ambulance has 28 vehicles and employs more than 200 people. The company does most of its business in Schenectady and Albany, with headquarters on Kings Road in Schenectady.

Mohawk Ambulance's proposal could generate money for the town because the company would purchase Rotterdam EMS' current garages and put them back on the tax rolls. Also, if the town were to keep its paramedic services, Mohawk Ambulance would reimburse the town for the use of those services. Bombardier said the estimates for that service would be six figures.

Bombardier said Mohawk Ambulance's vehicles have the most advanced technology available with GPS tracking devices and direct feeds to hospitals so nurses and doctors are aware of what is happening in the ambulance, which cuts down on prep work in the hospital.

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