Snubbed in an open contest, the apparent losing bidder in Sonoma County's recent ambulance fight appears poised to take it to court.
At issue: a proposal from American Medical Response, or AMR, which brands itself locally as Sonoma Life Support. It has had a multimillion dollar contract with county for decades. But AMR's bid was scored lower than a competing one from the Sonoma County Fire District. That happened about a month ago.
Last week, Sonoma County officially dismissed two challenges seeking to overturn---or at least re-visit---how the county scored bids for a new ambulance contract.
The rejection doesn't sit well with AMR. Jason Sorrick is a spokesperson for the company.
"In terms of the result of the protest we do disagree with their findings," Sorrick said.
AMR, which became a division of KKR, a multinational private equity firm five years ago, filed an official three pronged protest.
Last week, county officials rejected all of the allegations and dismissed a separate challenge from AMR's ambulance drivers. The county says the drivers don't have standing to file a challenge as only bidders may do so.
A recommendation from county staffers to award the contract to Sonoma County Fire will go before the supervisors at a future meeting.
AMR spokesperson Sorrick was asked if the company would seek an injunction to stop the contract from being awarded.
"If that's an available remedy we'll certainly seek that out, but as of right now we do intend to file a lawsuit on the case or on this particular issue and we'll seek whatever remedies are available in that lawsuit."
The new contract is scheduled to begin in January.