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Tinley Park receives huge bill from previous EMS provider

The Chicago Tribune has an article about a bill from Trace Ambulance to the Village of Tinley Park.

Tinley Park severed its 35-year relationship with a local ambulance provider this summer in a move that officials said will save the town money. But less than two weeks after the contract ended, the village received a final, shocking bill from Trace Ambulance for nearly $500,000.

The money was for fees the company typically waived in the past, Trace President Christopher Vandenberg said. “I think it’s clear as day that we’re owed the money,” he said.

The village has refused to pay, and officials have declined to comment on the dispute, citing the potential for litigation.

“We do not believe that Trace is or ever was entitled to any additional compensation for these claimed amounts,” Tinley Park Treasurer Brad Bettenhausen wrote in a letter to the company obtained by the Tribune through an open records request.

The financial standoff began in July, shortly after Tinley Park dropped its ambulance service provider and gave a contract worth $3.7 million through July 2018 to a competitor. The competitor, Kurtz Ambulance in New Lenox, had a bid 21 percent lower than what Trace had bid, officials said. Trace contends its expired deal with Tinley said the village would pay $200 for each hour the town required more than the number of ambulances stipulated in the contract. After Tinley Park dropped Trace, the company tallied those hours since May 2010 and sent the village a final bill totaling $492,206.

That Aug. 12 invoice hasn’t gone over smoothly with town officials. In a written response to Vandenberg’s invoice, Bettenhausen said the village was surprised by the amount, “as we had not been previously advised such charges existed.” “It would be expected that had such charges arisen, they would have been brought (to) the village’s attention and billed at regular intervals over the course of the contract period, with such billing expected to occur no less than annually,” Bettenhausen said. “No such notice or billing of such charges has occurred” before the bill.

The town denied Trace’s bill and also questioned the accuracy of the charges, saying it could find no record that it had requested the additional service.

On Sept. 5, Vandenberg wrote back to the village reiterating Trace’s demand for payment. Bettenhausen again denied the request, saying Trace has never claimed to have been entitled to any additional compensation for providing backup ambulances. Vandenberg said his company had agreed to “waive” the charge in the past as part of contract negotiations.

The first signs of conflict emerged at a public safety meeting in May, when village officials revealed that the Kurtz bid had come in “significantly” lower than Trace’s.

Vandenberg and Brian Dolan, an executive with Trace’s parent company, attended that meeting and took the uncommon step of warning the village at a public meeting that dropping the company could be risky. Trace served as the village’s ambulance provider since 1979, except for a brief interruption in the 1990s, Vandenberg said at the time.

Vandenberg also said Tinley officials had approached Trace during negotiations for the now-expired deal and asked for cost cuts because of the sluggish economy, which Trace accommodated.

The village’s decision to hire Kurtz, made at a July 1 Village Board meeting, proved controversial. Some residents and Trace employees slammed trustees for dumping a local business that knows the streets.

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Tinley Park FD Open House 10/11/2014

This from Martin Nowak:

Went to the TPFD open house on 10/11 and took photos of the apparatus and the room burns. More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.479416472201081.1073741985.263644870444910&type=3&uploaded=83

 

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

Martin Nowak photo

fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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fire department open house for Fire Prevention Week

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Working fire in Tinley Park, 9-4-14

This from Karl Klotz:

9/4/14

Tinley Park Working fire on 174th Street.

Engine Co. 203 was the first arriving engine reporting a working fire in a single-family home.  The main fire was in the first floor and extended to the second floor.

Companies on scene:

TPFD: E201, E201, E203, T204, BC201, Orland T7, Mokena E93

 

heavy smoke engulfs house

Heavy smoke conditions on arrival. Karl Klotz photo

firemen entering house with hose line and heavy smoke

Crews making entry with the 2nd line. Karl Klotz photo

thick smoke engulfs firemen and fire truck

Tinley Park Truck Co 204 was the first arriving truck. Karl Klotz photo

firemen cut roof to ventilate fire

Orland truck company opening the roof. Karl Klotz photo

firemen enter house through thick smoke

Front of the house. Karl Klotz photo

fireman on roof with flames

Fire venting from the 2nd floor. Karl Klotz photo

fireman on roof with flames

Fire venting from the 2nd floor area. Karl Klotz photo

fireman cuts garage door with saw

Mokena Engine Co 93 opening up the garage door. Karl Klotz photo

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MVA in Tinley Park, 8-31-14

This from Kevin Griffin:

The Tinley park fire department responded to a rollover crash with extrication at the cvs at 167 and Harlem

 

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Tinley Park updates

This from Kevin Griffin:

Engine 211 was renumbered 213 and had a logo added

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TInley Park Engine 213

TInley Park Engine 213. Kevin Griffin photo

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Tinley Park vehicle vs pedestrian 8-15-14

Just wanted to share some photos I took of the vehicle vs pedestrian Thursday night in Tinley Park at Harlem Ave and 171st St. Harlem Ave was completely shut down for some time. One patient was transported. More photos can be found here: http://codephotography.smugmug.com/Fire-Vehicles/Tinley-Park-Fire-Department/

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FD shift commander at night scene

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Tinley Park Car Fire, 8-4-14

This from Kevin Griffin:

The Tinley Park Fire Department responding to a car fire this morning. Ambulance 201 was in the area and reported a fully-engulfed car fire.

header from car fire

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car fire scene

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fire truck and police car

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new Tinley Park ambulance

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firemen extinguish car fire

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firemen extinguish car fire

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Tinley Park changes EMS provider

An article in the TribLocal outlines a vote in Tinley Park to change providers for EMS.

Tinley Park trustees voted Tuesday night to drop the village’s longtime ambulance services provider in favor of a new company, a move village officials said would save the village about $800,000 over the life of the contract.

A new agreement, between Kurtz Ambulance Service and Tinley Park, is worth $3,758,531 and lasts four years from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2018. Kurtz will replace Tinley Park’s current provider, Trace Ambulance.

Under the agreement, Tinley Park will see an increase in ambulances dedicated to the village from four to five during peak service hours, Public Safety Chairman Brian Maher said. All ambulances servicing the village will also be required to be equipped with GPS systems.

“We’re getting a more sophisticated system with Kurtz in terms of tracking ambulances,” Maher said, noting that village officials will be able to pull up each ambulance’s location under the new agreement. That capability would not be there with Trace, Maher said.

More than 5,000 emergency calls for service come in to Tinley Park each year, Emergency Management Agency Director Pat Carr has said.

Kurtz Ambulance Service provides ambulance services to 26 different communities around the Chicagoland region, Kurtz COE Tom Vana said. Vana said his company would give hiring preference to paramedics currently working in the village and said it had already received over 40 resumes from locals waiting to see if Kurtz received the contract.

Through its family and management team, Trace has been the town’s ambulance provider since 1979 except for one brief interruption, Trace President Christopher Vandenberg told the village’s Public Safety Committee earlier this year. At that meeting, Vandenberg reminded village officials that the one time Tinley Park went with another company in the 1990s the vendor went bankrupt.

Trace Ambulance is based in Tinley Park.

One woman stood up to question the board’s commitment to local businesses in light of the ambulance contract situation.

“As a board, as a village, we preach shop Tinley Park,” the resident said. “We’re sitting with an ambulance company that has given us great service over the years yet we’re willing to throw that away?”

After the meeting, Maher said the village has a policy that it will select the local vendor in situations where there is a 5 percent difference between proposals. But that was not the case between Kurtz and Trace.

“I can’t justify paying 21 percent more just because the company is here in Tinley,” Maher said.

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Tinley Park working fire 6-4-14

This from Karl Klotz:

Tinley Park: Still Alarm 6/4/2014

Tinley Park, Oak Forest and Orland were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 16300 block of Parliment Dr.  The first arriving engine company reported smoke showing from a two-story single family house.  The fire was in the garage portion of the house and confined to that area.
Companies responding were:
TPFD-E201, E202, E203, TL204, Orland T4 and Oak Forest E12
smoke from house as firefighters arrive

Front of the house. Karl Klotz photo

firemen use a saw to cut a garage door

Orland Truck Co 4 working on door removal. Karl Klotz photo

fireman with hose and charred siding

Rear of the house. Karl Klotz photo

garage fire at split-level home

Quick removal of overhead garage door. Karl Klotz photo

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First arriving engine and truck. Karl Klotz photo

firemen sifting through debris after fire

Interior crews working. Karl Klotz photo

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Tinley Park updates

Tinley Park updates from Kevin Griffin:

Station 2 logo

Station 3 logo

New battalion 201

Brush 201

Engine 203

Engine 211 getting renumbered to 213

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Tinley Park FD Battalion 201. Kevin Griffin photo

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Tinley Park Brush 201. Kevin Griffin photo

Pierce Dash fire engine

Tinley Park Engine 203. Kevin Griffin photo

Pierce fire engine

Tinley Park Engine 211. Kevin Griffin photo

 

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