Gilbert Town Council approves agreements for backup ambulance service

Gilbert Town Council
Gilbert Town Council approved agreements for backup ambulance service at its Jan. 25 meeting. (Screen capture from YouTube)

Gilbert Town Council approved agreements for backup ambulance service at its Jan. 25 meeting. (Screen capture from YouTube)

Gilbert Town Council approved three backup ambulance service agreements at council’s Jan. 25 meeting.

The agreements with the Superstition Fire and Medical Department, town of Queen Creek and private provider American Medical Response provided for as-needed backup ambulance service between Gilbert and each of the entities.

The agreements were unanimously approved as part of the consent agenda vote, but only after Vice Mayor Aimee Yentes pulled the agreements with Superstition Fire and Medical and Queen Creek to ask questions about them.

Assistant Fire Chief Bob Badgett said the backup service helps to maintain the town’s certificate of necessity from the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide ambulance service. It allows the town to give or receive service at times of high need for the service.

Badgett said the agreements primarily serve to make sure the entities are covered in case of a major event.


The agreements have no financial impact on the town as service would be billed to users as usual, Badgett said.

Also in the consent agenda, council approved a $23.82 million contract for construction services on the North Water Treatment Plant and approved a new contract for Town Manager Patrick Banger with his annual salary remaining at $268,791.77.

Council also approved during a public hearing a minor zoning change to allow for construction of an 84-room hotel, the Marriott Towneplace Suites, at the southwest corner of Mercy and Pecos roads, adjacent to the Loop 202-Santan Freeway.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.