The second-largest ambulance company in the nation is also stepping into Clackamas County’s bidding war between American Medical Response and Metro West Ambulance (“County digs into ambulance contract,” Jan. 30).

Rural/Metro Ambulance, AMR’s largest national competitor, says it has the assets to give “a good fight” once the county releases a request for proposals. Rural/Metro would have “no problem” providing the technical expertise needed to continue programs like Mt. Hood Reach and Treat and High Rocks lifeguard service, noted Mike Andrews, Pacific Northwest general manager.

“The last time the RFP went out, it was the AMR and Metro West show, but that’s not it at all this time, and we have the potential to move up to Clackamas County,” Andrews said. “We work really well with other agencies, and we wouldn’t generate any of that kind of controversy.”

About 400 employees in the Pacific Northwest provide 70,000 annual transports, Andrews said. About 17,000 of those annual transports are in Oregon, and the rest are in the Seattle area.

“We have a diverse workforce that are very well trained,” he said. “It has definitely contributed to our success in Salem and Eugene/Springfield, where we renewed contracts for this year.”

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