After a series of setbacks, Sonoma County has relaunched a search for its next ambulance provider, opening up bidding on what had been an exclusive and lucrative contract handling emergency medical care and transport for a large swath of the region.
The state authority that oversees emergency medical services recently signed off on the local contract requirements, allowing the county to move forward and begin accepting proposals from companies interested serving the most densely populated core of the county.
The step is a small but significant one in a long process and marks the farthest the county has come in finalizing a new deal in years.
Since 1991, the county has offered exclusive rights to an area spanning Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Cotati and surrounding unincorporated areas, with an estimated population of at least 238,096, or nearly half the county.
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