Paperwork will be submitted today as part of the long journey to an official decision regarding provision of ambulance service in Golden Valley. The Golden Valley Fire District (GVFD) is asking the state for a Certificate of Necessity (CON) to provide ambulance service in the area served by River Medical the last 30 years. River Medical has opposed the GVFD effort that was the subject of a two week hearing that an administrative law judge conducted in Phoenix in late September and early October. Judge Tammy Eigenheer directed parties to the matter to submit closing arguments related to the hearing by close of business tomorrow. Chief Thomas O’Donohue thinks the GVFD has presented a convincing case. “Golden Valley Fire remains confident we, along with the CON legal team, presented a well prepared case and solid testimony that illustrates GVFD will indeed provide better service, improved ambulance reliability and local control specifically tailored to the needs of Golden Valley in addition to a service that will actually be self-supporting and bring the money back into our community that is currently supporting out of state AMR, parent company to River Medical, Inc.” Parties to the case have been expecting a CON decision by early spring.
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