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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Merrimack ambulance company to host Rockingham employees Thursday

MERRIMACK – Rockingham Ambulance employees, who soon will be victims of cuts at St. Joseph Hospital, seem to be in high demand.

CarePlus Ambulance Service, the largest non-emergency medical transportation service in the state, will host a pair of open houses at its Merrimack headquarters Thursday , with an eye toward luring experienced Rockingham employees to the company.

CarePlus, along with several other companies, are looking to take over for Rockingham Ambulance as Nashua’s 911 ambulance provider. CarePlus President Eric Damon said the takeover will happen soon and companies need experienced EMTs and paramedics as well as people who know the city.

“We’re prehiring and looking for folks as we put in our proposal for 911 service in Nashua,” Damon said.

The open houses Thursday will be from 8-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. at the company’s 4 Center St. facility, one of nine the company operates around the state.

CarePlus owns North Conway Ambulance Service, which provides 911 coverage in eight towns in the North Country, Damon said, but Nashua would be its largest emergency contract.

“It would be the biggest 911 service we do, but overall the company transports over 50,000 people a year,” Damon said.

The company’s bread and butter is non-emergent transports between hospitals and from other medical facilities to hospitals.

St. Joseph Hospital announced this month that it will shut down Rockingham Ambulance to help make up a roughly $10 million spending cut because of changes in the state budget.

PrideStar EMS, a Massachusetts company, is holding a job fair for Rockingham employees next week.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415, Also check out Cote (@Telegraph_JCote) on Twitter.