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TWENTY-FOUR SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS FOUND WITH AMBULANCE SERVICE PROPOSAL IN DANBURY

 DANBURY, Conn., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Danbury soon will cease the operation of the Fire Department ambulance and allow a private entity to provide ambulance service in the city. A report prepared by an independent consultant has identified 24 potentially major problems with the proposal submitted to the city by Business Systems, Inc. (BSI), a for-profit subsidiary of Danbury Hospital.
 A few of the major issues raised:
 -- BSI's proposal will cost the city over half a million dollars more than one submitted by Danbury Ambulance Service.
 -- BSI's proposal has no fixed price, the tax-payers are not protected from cost overruns.
 -- Danbury Ambulance's proposal provides better coverage and more service to the city for less money.
 -- Proposed operating procedures that could lead to serious response delays.
 -- BSI is not properly licensed to operate an ambulance service. BSI currently provides non-transport paramedic service to the city, a different license is required to operate ambulances must be obtained by application and public hearing(s).
 -- BSI's proposal calls for the turnover of city property to BSI for their use at no cost.
 -- Possibly inaccurate or inflated payroll costs that the city appears willing to pay.
 -- Inadequate numbers of staff and vehicles to properly service the city.
 A press conference will be held by Danbury Ambulance Service representatives and the consultant to present the consultant's report and answer questions.
 Quality Inn on Newtown Rd. in Danbury, Thursday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.
 -0- 9/29/93
 /CONTACT: Joseph DeSimone, 203-748-3433, or Robert L. Holdsworth, 203-828-2002, both of Holdsworth & Associates/


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