Girard at Large has received written confirmation from Boo Heffner, President and CEO of Falck USA, the parent company of bidder American Ambulance, that his letter of April 30 to David Lang, President of the New Hampshire Professional Fire Fighters Association, was sent in response to Local 8 56’s email asserting that Falck was interested in privatizing fire departments and Lang’s failure to return what Heffner said were multiple voice and emails. Calling the union’s claims that his company is an agent of fire department privatization a quote below the belt assertion,” end quote, Heffner said he’s not going to sit back and let his company’s good name and reputation be tarnished by falsehoods.
Meanwhile, Girard at Large has also learned from multiple unsolicited sources outside the department that Fire Chief James Burkush met with officials from current ambulance provider AMR prior to meeting with the ambulance review committee to negotiate with them on their patient care pricing. It was at this meeting, sources say, that AMR agreed to lower its pricing to match that offered by American Ambulance, a key factor on Burkush’s recommendation that they retain the contract. While such negotiation is allowed, competitors are seething that they weren’t also contacted to see what adjustments could be made to their contract to improve their competitiveness in the process.
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