ROCKPORT, Maine — Four companies have submitted proposals to provide emergency medical care to Camden, Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville.
The deadline for submission of bids was noon Tuesday.
The current longtime provider of emergency medical care — Camden First Aid Association of Camden — was one of the three companies submitting a proposal. Delta Ambulance of Waterville, Sterling Ambulance of Union, and North East Mobile Health Services of Scarborough also bid to provide services.
The select boards of the four towns solicited proposals after Camden First Aid said it needed to sharply increase the amount of money it would receive from the towns.
Currently, Camden is paying $20,000, Rockport $24,000, Lincolnville $10,000 and Hope $2,000.
Camden First Aid’s proposal submitted Tuesday calls for Camden to pay $174,000 in each fiscal year 2014 and 2015. Rockport would pay $129,000 in each of those years. Lincolnville would pay $77,000 ad Hope $27,000.
The three proposals were delivered to the Rockport Town Office. The proposals by the other two companies were in sealed packages and interim Rockport Town Manager Roger Moody said he was not planning to open those two until he and the managers from the other three communities met Friday. Camden First Aid’s submission was not in a sealed package and he allowed the paperwork to be reviewed in his office.
North East Mobile Health Services Chief Kevin McGinnis said Tuesday afternoon that his company’s proposal was for the four towns combined to pay an annual $28,000 subsidy for the EMS coverage.
A telephone message left Tuesday afternoon with Delta Ambulance was not immediately returned.
The select boards of the four towns are scheduled to hold a joint meeting on April 30 to discuss the proposals.
Camden First Aid had run into money problems and the organization made a plea to area residents and businesses last November asking for donations to help it through