Pennsylvania Township Settles Breach of Contract Suit with EMS Provider

A Pennsylvania township who was sued for terminating a service contract with an EMS provider, has agreed to settle the dispute for $10,000.

Sewickley Township has agreed to settle a suit brought by Jeannette EMS over the termination of a one-year ambulance service contract entered into in April, 2013. The township cancelled the agreement in June, 2013, choosing to return responsibility for EMS in the township to the Sewickley Township Community Ambulance Service. Financial concerns about the Community Ambulance led township supervisors to retain Jeanette.

Jeannette EMS filed suit in July 2013 claiming it lost $163,000 in net income and $30,000 in subscriptions. The Township argued that either party retained the right to terminate the agreement at any time. Township supervisors voted to approve the $10,000 payment to Jeanette earlier this month.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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