SOURCE: Rural/Metro Corporation

Rural/Metro Corporation

February 02, 2012 12:34 ET

Rural/Metro Wins 911 Contract to Continue as Exclusive Ambulance Provider to the City of Tacoma, Washington

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Feb 2, 2012) - Rural/Metro Corporation, a leading national provider of ambulance transportation and private fire protection services, announced today that it has been awarded the exclusive contract to continue as the 911 ambulance service in the City of Tacoma, Washington. The contract was won on a unanimous vote of the Tacoma City Council this week, following a competitive bidding process.

The new agreement begins April 1, 2012 for an initial six-year term, followed by four one-year optional renewal periods, for a total possible length of 10 years.

Michael DiMino, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are delighted to continue serving the emergency ambulance needs of the City of Tacoma and to partner with Tacoma Fire Department to serve this growing community. Rural/Metro brings a long-standing record of service excellence and unsurpassed clinical care to the citizens of Tacoma, and we look forward to continuing that tradition."

Rural/Metro has provided ambulance transportation services in Tacoma and throughout Pierce County since 2004 and is the only EMS agency in the state of Washington to receive national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.

Rural/Metro employees provide nearly 19,000 911-emergency transports in Tacoma annually, in addition to non-emergency interfacility services to hospital systems and healthcare facilities throughout the county. These services include Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Critical Care Transport, as well as dedicated staff and specialized ambulances for neonatal and pediatric ICU patients.

Phil Forgione, Vice President for Rural/Metro's West Zone, said, "We are very proud of our dedicated Pierce County employees. They are a skilled team of EMS professionals who share our commitment to providing the best services possible to our patients and customers."

The City of Tacoma is located in northwest Washington approximately 30 miles southwest of Seattle. It is home to the Port of Tacoma, which is the 6th-largest container port in the United States and among the top 25 in the world. Pierce County, Washington, encompasses more than 1,600 square miles and 22 cities with a population nearing 800,000.

About Rural/Metro

Rural/Metro Corporation is a leading national provider of 911 emergency and non-emergency interfacility ambulance services and private fire protection services in 20 states and approximately 450 communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit the Corporation's web site at or the Washington operation's website at

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