PERTH AMBOY – A city plan to lay off emergency medical technicians and enter a contract with Raritan Bay Medical Center for EMT services can go forward, a judge ruled last week.
Judge Travis Francis denied an application from the Perth Amboy Fire Department Professional Emergency Medical Technicians Local 3994 seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the lay offs on Aug. 14. He also vacated a temporary restraining order issued by the court on July 2.
Earlier this year, Perth Amboy entered into a five-year contract with the hospital to provide emergency medical service at a cost savings of $460,000.
The EMTs filed suit, contending that the city violated state contract law by failing to seek bids for the contract. The city has since advertised for proposals according to the state contract law.
According to a statement by Mayor Wilda Diaz, implementation of a layoff plan will be evaluated over the next week or two. Ten EMTs were affected by the original layoff decision.
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