AMBULANCE COMPANY SUES CITY OF MESA
Professional Medical Transport, Inc. (PMT) has filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court against the City of Mesa. The lawsuit relates to the anticipated award of an apparently lucrative ambulance contracts to PMT’s competitor and main rival, Southwest Ambulance. Specifically, PMT has brought a “special action” for emergency relief from the Court to compel the City of Mesa to provide a copy of the proposal Soutwest Ambulance submitted to the City in response to the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) that the City issued to obtain a contract for ambulance services.
PMT claims that it made proper public records requests for the Southwest Ambulance proposal, but that the City improperly refused to provide a copy. The lawsuit was filed November 9, 2009 in Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court. It is currently pending before the Hon. Eileen Willett. A hearing is scheduled for December 9, 2009.
Aside from the lawsuit, PMT apparently alleges, among other things, that the contract is being awarded without following a competitive bidding process.