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EMS bidding presentations to begin in Rotterdam

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Updated: 12/05/2013 5:11 pm

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - Presentations from two companies bidding to be the EMS provider in Rotterdam will take place Thursday night.

The bids are coming from the privately owned Rotterdam EMS and Mohawk Ambulance.

Rotterdam EMS is fighting hard to continue serving the area, after being with the town for nearly 80 years.

Since neither company charges the town for service or pays the town to provide any level of Emergency Medical Service, Mohawk and REMS will each be making a case as to why they can provide the best quality service in Rotterdam.

Town Supervisor Harry Buffardi said "Certainly were going to evaluate the past were going to look towards the future were going to see what their qualifications are and how they can support those qualifications."

The public will be allowed to address the board Wednesday December 11th before the final vote.

The battle between REMS and Mohawk Ambulance began in September when the town announced that REMS may not be able to operate in the town if the 2014 budget passed.

Town Supervisor Harry Buffardi originally said the move would be cost-saving to residents.

However, residents have spoken out against town officials by writing letters and leaving voicemails. In November, residents attended a board meeting in hopes of getting answers from the town leaders and to have their voices heard. However, tempers quickly rose as their leaders did not attend the meeting.

Buffardi said back in November that the leaders did not attend the meeting because of how hostile community members have become. He also said that the board needed to make a fair decision on the bids.

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