CORNWALL, Ontario - A UK company has been retained by the city to study the response times of ambulances in the Cornwall area - but the move is not sitting well with at least one city councillor.
Coun. Denis Thibault voted against hiring ORH Limited, from Reading Berkshire, UK, to determine where efficiencies can be found to shorten ambulance wait times locally, specifically in the United Counties.
The bid price from ORH is $29,521, which is slightly more than the $28,330 bid by Pomax consulting, a Canadian firm based out of London, Ont.
"I guess I'm just surprised we're not going for the lowest price and the Canadian company," said Thibault, who was told by EMS manager Myles Cassidy the overseas offer from ORH more closely fit the terms spelled out in the city's tender request.
"I'll take it for what it is," said Thibault.
Coun. Bernadette Clement had to be reassured by Cassidy that the UK operation won't be dinging the city for travel costs in addition to its bid.
ORH will be studying the response times of ambulances in Cornwall and SD and G and will make recommendations on where waits can be shortened.
An average wait for an ambulance is less than six minutes in Cornwall, but more than double that in parts of the United Counties.
ORH will also examine efficiencies surrounding the nine ambulances currently on the road in Cornwall and the counties. It typically costs about $1 million to add an ambulance and paramedic crew to the road.
The net cost to the city for the consultant work will actually be 26,584.80. The city budgeted $20,000 for the work, but will take $6,584.80 from reserves to cover the balance.