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June 13, 2008

Peabody picks new ambulance company

PEABODY — The name on the side of ambulances responding to calls in Peabody will change on July 1, when Atlantic Ambulance will begin providing service in the city.

Mayor Michael Bonfanti yesterday announced that the city selected Atlantic over Northshore Ambulance and Action Ambulance, the two other finalists for the city's business.

"Our goal, with respect to selecting ambulance service providers for the city of Peabody, is simply to save more lives when every second can mean the difference between life and death," Bonfanti said in a press release. "Through the new contract with (Atlantic) Ambulance Services, and their expanded coverage, Peabody's Police and Fire departments will be assured that even broader resources will be available to meet the emergency response and public safety needs of the citizens of Peabody."

Atlantic, a division of Cataldo Ambulance Service of Somerville, will increase the number of ambulances stationed in Peabody.

Under the city's current contract with Northshore Ambulance, the company is obligated to have two full-time advanced life support paramedic-staffed ambulances in the city. Atlantic will have three full-time ambulances in the city, stationed downtown and at the West Peabody firehouse, and a fourth for 12 hours a day at the Engine 3 firehouse on Prospect Street. The part-time ambulance will primarily respond to minor injuries.

"We're promised a higher level of coverage to more places in Peabody," said Dan Doucette, the city purchasing agent.

Atlantic, which has a headquarters at 90 Foster St., will operate for six months under an interim contract. The city will evaluate the company's performance and craft a permanent contract, Doucette said.

"We're very excited, and we look forward to working with the city," said Robert White, Atlantic's director of operations. The company has had a presence downtown for three years.

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