Knox County purchasing director rejects ambulance protest letter

Knox County purchasing director rejects ambulance company's protest


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County's purchasing director rejected ambulance services provider American Medical Response's protest of a recommendation to select Rural/Metro for the county's ambulance contract.

American Medical Response (AMR) filed the protest after a review panel picked Rural/Metro.

An AMR spokesman said the review was flawed and claimed there was a conflict of interest among people involved with the process.

Purchasing Director Hugh Holt called the protest, "without merit."

The contract decision will go to Knox County Commission next for review.

AMR spokesman Mike Cohen says the company hopes commissioners will not move forward until the appeals process is complete.

"Obviously we disagree with the decision from Knox County Purchasing," Cohen said. "We are in the process of reviewing their response in detail and evaluating further appeals."

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