Today myself and Vice President PJ Elias met with management to work on a transition plan for members impacted by the upcoming change in Gilbert and Queen Creek to American Medical Response.In July the Gilbert Town Council voted to utilize AMR to provide Emergency Medical Services to their town rather than continue to use Southwest Ambulance. In the months following, Queen Creek also elected to use AMR for EMS, and a switch-over date of November 18th was established.
Rural Metro’s management team was notified by RETS that November 18th would be the confirmed date for moving from SWA to AMR.
At this time, the impacted units from this change are AP251, AP252, AP253, AP255, AP411 and AP221.
Employees whom are hard-bid onto the above impacted units will be given the opportunity to place a bid for any open shifts in the East Valley. The bid notices are being sent out by Southwest Ambulance management within the next 24-48 hours, and it is anticipated that new shifts will be awarded sometime next week.
In order to ensure compliance is met in RETS, two additional ambulances will be staffed on an ABC Kelly rotation, though as 16 hour shifts. These shifts will be on AP213 and AP214.
Because of the timing around the upcoming holidays, impacted employees will continue working their current schedules until November 27th, though on different trucks until the new bids take effect on November 28th — however SWA will no longer serve Gilbert or Queen Creek after November 18th.
It is anticipated that once this displacement bid is completed, bids will be re-opened for all employees in the near future, though Apache Junction (Superstition) will be changing as of January 4th at which time there will be one ALS unit and one BLS unit in the district.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
As always, thank you for your continued support during these changing times, and for the hard work and dedication you provide to communities throughout Arizona every day.
Kevin Burkhart, President