TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – After 18 months of “fruitless conversations,” Trans-Care Ambulance filed suit against Vigo County, it’s commissioners, 911 board, 911 director, three townships, and their respective trustees and fire chiefs. You’ll find this case filed in Vigo Superior Court Division One, which is Judge John Roach’s court.
Trans-Care has had a contract with Vigo County to provide BLS and ALS ambulance services since 2000, and its current contract with the county expires in December of 2018. Trans-Care claims this contact costs taxpayers nothing, as user fees fund the ambulance service. The contract calls for Trans-Care to provide services to all Vigo County townships.
Trans-Care acquired new competition in January of 2015 when the Riley Fire Department rolled out its ambulance service, complete with its own contract with Vigo County. Trans-Care claims Riley’s ambulance receives calls on a “first call” basis, even receiving calls on “silent dispatch,” or dispatching via text messages. Trans-Care accuses Riley of “cherry picking” which runs it makes, relegating Trans-Care into a “back-up role.” This is despite the fact Trans-Care’s contract with Vigo County requires certain levels of staffing, dispatchers, and insurance.
Trans-Care declined an on-camera interview request from News 10. Riley Fire Chief Jeff Fox says he cannot comment, referring us to the township’s attorney.