A Falck ambulance for San Diego. Courtesy of the company

San Diego’s new ambulance services company said it has met key hiring benchmarks for emergency medical technicians and will be ready to begin operations on Nov. 27.

Falck is replacing long-time provider American Medical Response under a five-year contract. The Denmark-based international company with U.S. headquarters in Orange County employs 27,000 in 30 countries.

The company said that despite the shortage of EMTs and paramedics amid the pandemic, it has hired more than 390 qualified professionals, and filled a number of leadership and administrative positions.

“Falck continues to make significant progress towards recruiting and training San Diego’s new emergency medical services workforce,” said Troy Hagen, chief commercial officer for Falck USA. “We are ready to deliver on the commitments we made to the community and eager to provide excellent service to the city of San Diego.”

The company said that in addition to meeting hiring targets, it has secured 33 new ambulances, doubling the fleet used in San Diego.

After signing the contract in June, Falck set up its headquarters in Kearny Mesa and began hiring and acquiring needed equipment.

“Falck has a 115-year legacy of providing top-of-the-line emergency medical services to communities worldwide,” said Hagen. “I am proud of what our team has accomplished and the investments we have made in San Diego that go well above and beyond our contractual obligations.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.