R'dam Emergency Medical Board emerging

Bid approval target date faces delay

Although the Rotterdam Town Board has reestablished the Emergency Medical Board, who is going to sit on that board is still being debated.

After an executive session earlier in the evening, the Rotterdam Town Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 30, to discuss how the Rotterdam Emergency Medical Board would be organized from the number of people on the board to who would be represented to fairly have all parties involved.

The group was called to reconvene after around five years of inactivity to assist with the bidding process for the town's primary emergency service provider. Many board members have stressed for months the town is losing out on advanced life support revenue at a time when money can't be thrown away.

This board in no way is going to relinquish our control of what happens to this bidding process to another entity. We are up here to make the decision, and when it becomes time to make it we will make it," said Councilman Wayne Calder. "We need to have this as joint venture with all of our medical services."

Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva couldn't attend the meeting, but she has pushed for the board to reconvene and assist in the bidding process. The two companies with a known interest in making bids are Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services and Mohawk Ambulance Service, which has led to heated debates on losing the town-based volunteer service.

"The reason why this board was put together in the past was to hash out any problems there were between the police, the paramedics, the fire department and EMS," said Dean Ronca, member of REMS Board of Directors and past fire chief. "I hope the reason why this board is being reformed is so these agencies can interact together if there are any issues within agencies at calls. That is why the board was put together."

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