By Pearl Castillo
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented a scroll to the Fire Department; authorized amendments to the current Emergency Ambulance Transportation Agreement; rejected all bids received by the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the Henninger Flats Potable Water and Septic Systems Refurbishment project; and approved a contract extension with Sikorsky Commercial, Inc.
Fire Station 3 received a scroll in recognition for their hospitality and support of the East Los Angeles Christmas Parade from Supervisor Hilda Solis.
The Board authorized amendments to the current Emergency Ambulance Transportation Services Agreements. The current agreements are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2016. The amendments will allow current providers to continue to operate in their respective exclusive operating areas (EOA) on a non-exclusive basis. The Department of Health Services (DHS) will utilize its delegated authority to extend these agreements beyond the expiration date on a month-to-month basis for up to six months or until the conclusion of the protest process, whichever comes first. The Director or designee will also be able to execute agreements with qualified providers to perform emergency ambulance transportation services on a non-exclusive basis in the currently contested EOAs. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency will work with the jurisdictional fire departments and their respective dispatch centers in the EOAs to develop a dispatch plan.
Additionally, the Fire Chief or his designee will execute agreements with providers who receive a DHS Emergency Ambulance Transportation Services Agreement on a non–exclusive basis for the currently contested EOAs that are within the Fire Department’s jurisdiction for the provision of advanced life support billing services, effective alongside the DHS agreements and on a month-to-month basis until the protest process has concluded and successor agreements are approved by the Board. Finally, the Director or his designee can suspend or terminate the Emergency Ambulance Transportation Services Agreements on behalf of the County in accordance with the suspension or termination provisions of the agreement. There’s no exchange of money under the Emergency Ambulance Transportation Services Agreements. The Department’s 2016-17 budget includes $9.1 million for the ALS revenue for all EOAs.
In other news, the Board rejected all bids received by DPW for construction of the Henninger Flats Potable Water and Septic Systems Refurbishment project. The Board also adopted revised plans specifications for the project, and called for it to be re-advertised for bids on January 18, 2017. Located at 2260 Pinecrest Drive in the unincorporated community of Altadena, the project will refurbish the potable water and irrigation systems. The DPW recommended the rejection since lowest bid price at $1.7 million far exceeded the estimated cost of $1.4 million, including contingency.
Finally, a contract with Sikorsky Commercial, Inc. will be extended from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, since the contract will be expiring Dec. 31, 2016. The extension period will give time to complete negotiations to establish a new Total Assurance Program (TAP) .
The Department currently has three Sikorsky S-70 helicopters and the TAP Contract provides replacement parts for the helicopters and establishes a yearly fixed operating cost for parts and components. Sikorsky is the only source for proprietary, Original Equipment Manufacturing parts, tools and technical publications for the S-70 helicopters . The cost of this extension will not exceed $1.3 million.