The city of Helena and Lewis and Clark County are taking bids for a company to provide ambulance services in the Helena Valley.
The city and county Emergency Medical Services Board has put out a request for qualifications. The company will have to provide basic and advanced life support services in much of Lewis and Clark County, including the Helena, East Helena, Canyon Creek, Wolf Creek and Craig areas. They will also assist the Lincoln and Augusta Volunteer Ambulance services on serious incidents.
This service is currently being provided by St. Peter’s Health. Helena Fire Department Chief Ken Wood, who is handling the RFQ process, said St. Peter’s has held an ambulance contract for about 20 years. The contract was last extended about a decade ago, and it is now set to expire.
Wood said the request is open nationally. He said leaders have no issues with the service St. Peter’s has provided, but they want to look at all options.