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AMR Hires Lawyer after San Diego Selects Falck

SAN DIEGO — American Medical Response has reportedly hired an attorney after the city of San Diego chose to go with Falck as its ambulance provider.

Los Angeles attorney Pamela Johnston told city officials in an eight-page letter that Falck allegedly has a spotty track record. The attorney also claimed the bidding process was wrong and Falck does not meet the city’s minimum requirements.

The San Diego Union Tribune first reported the spat.

“In order to meet the city’s stringent requirements, it is essential that the contractor be a well-oiled and well-functioning, experienced (emergency medical services) provider — one that has previously performed under contracts of a similar magnitude,” she wrote, according to the newspaper.

Troy Hagen, Falck California’s chief executive, said the selection process was fair.

“Falck is excited to have been selected by the city of San Diego and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to be its exclusive provider of emergency ambulance services,” Hagen wrote in an email to the newspaper. “The city conducted a fair and impartial RFP process that concluded that Falck was the most suited to provide these services.”

City officials said it would look into AMR’s claims. San Diego’s contract with AMR expires at the end of June.