Let's set the record straight once and for all.
Riggs Ambulance is not a local company, they are run by SEMSA, a Nevada corporation. Which means their profits and most of their payroll goes to another state.
If SEMSA did not operate the business, why would they buy the rights to the Riggs name, and why do they pay the "owner" of Riggs? Usually when you own a company, you pay other people, not the other way around.
So why is SEMSA so aggressive in trying to hold onto this contract? Is it because they love the Merced community so much? Or is it because in order for them to qualify to bid on other contracts in California, they have to show experience running EMS systems the size of Merced County or larger?
Without the Merced contract, SEMSA would not qualify to bid against AMR or any other provider on other emergency ambulance contracts of this size.
So what are SEMSA's motives for seeking to run an EMS system so far away from their Nevada operations?