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Handling of Spokane transgender attack detailed in report

The Spokane police officer in charge of the initial response to the assault of a transgender woman in Boots Bakery and Lounge said witnesses didn’t report any sexual slurs or hate speech the night of the incident. The victim, Jacina Scamahorn, and some witnesses of the attack on Jan. 30 have criticized emergency responders for not taking her assault seriously and for being rude.

Police report says officers didn’t mistreat transgender victim

Spokane police say they found no evidence to support allegations that officers behaved improperly when responding to the assault of a transgender woman at Boots Bakery on Jan. 30. The victim of the assault, Jacina Scamahorn, said the police who responded referred to her as a man throughout the encounter and were disrespectful.

Shawn Vestal: Lopez-AMR contract kerfuffle raises questions

Before the courts slapped down the mayor’s attempt to expand political appointments in the city’s hiring, one handpicked hire snuck through the gate. That appointment – the hiring of Mike Lopez as head of EMS services – illustrates the problems built into the entire approach. Lopez was hired without a competitive process. He was hired before his position had even formally been created. His hiring was justified by a bureaucratic rigmarole – title-shuffling and department-creating – and placed in a Catch-22 type of category, which Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer described in an internal email as a “civilian EMS Chief that isn’t a chief.”

Spokane ambulance contract to be rebid

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he would ask for another round of bids for the city’s ambulance contract in response to concerns from City Council President Ben Stuckart. The request for bids will remain unchanged except for the removal of one line that said an ambulance company had to be the primary operator in at least one city with a population of at least 150,000 within the United States.

City’s search for ambulance provider produces sole bid

Spokane leaders may rebid an ambulance contract after no competition emerged to challenge the firm that already provides the city’s emergency transportation. Only American Medical Response bid on the five-year contract for ambulance service in Spokane.

New ambulance contract cuts rate $100

Going to the hospital in an ambulance is going to get a little cheaper for many Spokane County residents next month. The Ambulance Service Board that includes almost all Spokane County fire departments and districts just negotiated a three-year contract extension with American Medical Response that includes a $100 drop in price effective in February.

New ambulance contract cuts rate $100

Going to the hospital in an ambulance is going to get a little cheaper for many Spokane County residents next month. The Ambulance Service Board that includes almost all Spokane County fire departments and districts just negotiated a three-year contract extension with American Medical Response that includes a $100 drop in price effective in February.

Trade Center beam dedication planned at Valley fire department

Wording has been selected for the plaque that will be installed next to a steel beam from the World Trade Center towers in the new Spokane Valley Fire Department administration building under construction. The beam dedication ceremony is scheduled for 6:59 a.m. on Sept. 11, the exact time the first tower fell. The department asked community members to suggest wording on the plaque and on Monday fire commissioners voted for their favorite, which was actually a combination of two of the eight entries received. Each entry was numbered so commissioners could cast their vote.

Rural/Metro could present some competition for AMR

An ambulance company with operations in 28 states has moved into Spokane. Rural/Metro Corp. has hired 30 people to staff two ambulances. Although the company does not yet have any contracts, local company officials expect to quickly find business.

AMR settles billing lawsuit

American Medical Response, Spokane’s ambulance service provider, agreed to pay back just under $1 million, plus interest, received as a result of overbilling more than 12,000 Spokane residents over six years. “We are pleased with the result for the citizens,” said attorney John Giesa, who represented clients in a class-action lawsuit initially brought by Lori Davis-Bailey, Lorraine and Doug Bacon and Tony Bamonte.

City advised to quicken emergency responses

Relative to other cities, Spokane pays low rates for ambulance transportation. What it gives up in return is time. A consultant studying Spokane’s emergency medical services said last week that city leaders should consider paying more for ambulance service for quicker response.