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TRAA board finds contractor in “major default”

TRAA is a quasi-independent agency with management appointed by both Allen County and City of...
TRAA is a quasi-independent agency with management appointed by both Allen County and City of Fort Wayne leaders.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 5:21 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA) Board of Directors voted Thursday afternoon to find their contractor in “major default” following numerous months of delayed response times.

TRAA officials say Paramedics Logistics Indiana LLC has been contracted by TRAA since 2009 to provide paramedic and EMT personnel and handle daily operations. As ABC21 has extensively reported, TRAA response times have been a source of concern for well over a year. The TRAA board says that Paramedics Logistics has also required assistance from outside departments over 1,000 times this year alone.

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The board says as there is no immediate resolution to the issue. They say they wish to take over daily operations from Paramedics Logistics through a “methodical transition of operation without detrimental impact to patient care”. They say providing direct oversight of operations would allow TRAA to resolve the issue more quickly and have long-term sustainability.

“Our community deserves the absolute best from Three Rivers Ambulance Authority,” President of the TRAA Board of Directors Rachel Guin said. “This step creates a direct path toward better and more reliable service. We owe it to our community to create a long-term solution that improves public safety, provides more accountability, and resolves the issues that put us in this position.”

Officials say the vote triggers a 30-day time period for the organization to resolve its non-compliance.

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