ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A group of local EMTs went into work only to find out they are out of a job.
Capital District Ambulance closed its doors Friday morning after it was bought out by Mohawk Ambulance Service. Employees say it came as a sudden shock.
Capital District Ambulance has been around for nearly 50 years. Within hours, their garage is locked, and a sign hangs on its door, telling people they are closed for good.
Chetan Keith Stinson has been an EMT with Capital District ambulance for nine months. That all came to a screeching halt on Thursday night.
“I came in at 7 p.m. last night and was told I no longer had a job,” Stinson said.
Capital District employees knew of the impending takeover but expected a couple of months to pass, before anything happened.
“And then yesterday at about 230 p.m., I was advised by ownership, to call and terminate all of my employees because Mohawk Ambulance Service has taken us over effective 7 a.m. this morning,” Patrick Boccio, Asst. Chief of Capital District Ambulance, said.
Thirty-five employees were fired and are angry after not getting any notice.
“The owners said nothing to us. We haven’t heard anything from him at all,” Stinson said.
As crews take away the company’s vehicles, the owners are noticeably absent.
NEWS10 ABC reached out to the company’s president. His attorney says one of the co-owners became paralyzed after an accident and the family-owned business just wasn’t what it used to be.
Its employees say they deserved a heads up. Instead, they pack up their belongings, unsure of their future and financial stability.
“Yeah, no one really had second plans at this time,” Quinn Malone, an EMT and driver, said.
“It’s a pretty terrible situation considering it was July 20. Rent’s due in 10 days. It’s a terrible thing to do to these kids,” Boccio said.
Statement from Mohawk Ambulance Service regarding acquisitions of Capital District and Doctors Ambulance Services:
“In an agreement finalized this week, Mohawk Ambulance Service has acquired the operations of Capital District Ambulance Service and Doctors Ambulance Service. It was in the best interest of the families of the former founders of Capital District and Doctors Ambulance Service to sell and preserve the reputation and good will of both companies. All former staff of Capital District and Doctors Ambulance are encouraged to apply at Mohawk Ambulance Service. Founded in 1964, Mohawk Ambulance Service is the largest, privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York. With more than 40 ambulances and emergency response vehicles, Mohawk Ambulance Service provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services to the counties of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga.”