Ambulance company told to leave station
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 15, 2013 | 6775 views | 6 6 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ambulance station closed
The American Medical Response ambulance station at 455 Beverly Place has been abandoned since last week. Caution tape from construction work on the street could be seen in front of the station Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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American Medical Response officials are in search of a substation in Tracy after their office at 455 Beverly Place was condemned last week by the property owner, according to AMR spokesman David Durand.

“We received a 90-day notice from our landlord saying the structure was unsound, and we should be vacating the building,” he said Wednesday, Nov. 13. “We thought it was in the best interest of our employees and public to vacate as soon as possible. Unsafe structure — that is what our notice said.”

Durand declined to say who owns the property, but according to senior city planner Victoria Lombardo, the owner is listed as Tracy Community Memorial Hospital Foundation.

According to Ana Contreras, code enforcement officer for the city of Tracy, city officials did not condemn the building. She said Wednesday that she had not received notification regarding the structure’s instability.

The building, occupied by AMR for more than a decade, provided housing for ambulance crews and storage for extra equipment and supplies.

AMR officials are searching for a new substation, Durand said.

“We don’t know where at this point,” he said. “Upper management is looking at different locations right now. Most likely, it will be somewhere centrally located so we can cover the city the same as we used to.”

In a July 2 interview, Durand said that AMR doesn’t keep ambulances in a central location but stages them around town based upon population data and where calls for help are regularly made.

On Wednesday, he reiterated that closing the Beverly Place substation will not affect ambulance response times in Tracy.

Durand said acquiring a new substation should be resolved in the next month or two.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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Grannygear
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November 21, 2013
I think this feeds into Sutter's ongoing plan to downgrade our Tracy Hospital and centralize services in Modesto. Almost 1500 people have been transferred there this year so far. Far from being the benevolent non-profit they say they are, Sutter's is a cut-throat big business enterprise that makes huge sums which it squirrels away for top management salaries and advertising while continuously cutting services to our community and paying no taxes into city coffers. Someone needs to expose what is going on so that citizens can choose whether or not to continue to support this parasite.
Tracygirlatheart
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November 15, 2013
Interesting that the City of Tracy inspectors weren't the ones to condemn the building. In fact, it makes no sense. The hospital probably wants to sell the building for another parking lot or Dr.s office.
C3TJ
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November 17, 2013
That was my first though - the hospital wants to use it for something else.
crap1210
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November 15, 2013
Why do they need a building anyway? They stay at the coffee houses around the clock. If they are not at the coffee houses they are parked at someone's house.
tomgreen123
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November 15, 2013
And where exactly do you suggest they store all their supplies and equipment? And where do they leave the ambulances when their shift ends? Would you give the same suggestion to the fire department?
Radiatemedia
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November 15, 2013
The hospital needs to build a newer building, but the neighbors won't have it?


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