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New Ambulance Company Approved to Operate in Maricopa County

By | February 25th, 2015|Preparedness|

A few weeks ago I approved American Medical Response’s (AMR Maricopa) application to operate ambulances in Maricopa County, called a Certificate of Necessity or CON.  While I approved the CON (after reviewing a host of evidence presented to an Administrative Law Judge and her Order) I didn’t actually issue the Certificate because of the administrative [...]

Car Seat Collection Launch

By | February 11th, 2014|General|

The child safety seat exchange program we established as cooperative partnership via the Arizona-Mexico Commission last summer is moving forward.  We’ve established a new partnership with Rural Metro and Southwest Ambulance to serve as collection sites for people who want to donate their gently used car seat that will be donated to families in Sonora.  [...]

Rural Metro Bankruptcy Confirmed by Court (but not yet effective)

By | December 19th, 2013|Preparedness|

We received Rural Metro’s bankruptcy documents this week.  The Delaware bankruptcy court confirmed the company’s reorganization- including the business plan and capital structure.  The plan states that the company will be continuing all material contracts in AZ- which is good.  They’ll officially emerge from Chapter 11 once its reorganization plan is declared “effective”… meaning that [...]

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Rural Metro’s October Update

By | November 21st, 2013|Preparedness|

We’ve been monitoring the response times for the big ambulance service provider - Rural Metro – since they went into bankruptcy in August.  They have 13 different ambulance services in Arizona and we want to make sure that they're meeting the grade during their reorganization.   We asked them to send us monthly reports on their response times [...]

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Ambulance Service Enhanced Surveillance

By | October 29th, 2013|Preparedness|

  This past summer I blogged about Rural Metro failing to meet a bond payment and having some issues with an ambulance service contract in California. They subsequently filed for bankruptcy and are in the process of negotiating with their creditors.  This is important- because they’re a big provider of 9-1-1 and hospital to hospital [...]

Rural Metro Bankruptcy

By | September 9th, 2013|Preparedness|

A couple of months ago the Rural/Metro Corporation filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  Last month I sent them a detailed letter asking for a host of financial and operational information about the company in order to determine whether the company still meets our statutory mandate (ARS 36-2201) and rules requirement (AAC R9-25-912(A)) [...]