Gadsden-Etowah EMS relinquishes state license - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Gadsden-Etowah EMS relinquishes state license; city to revoke business license

Posted: Updated:
GADSDEN, Ala. -

Gadsden-Etowah EMS no longer has a state medical transport license, and the city plans to revoke the company's business license.

The Gadsden City Council's Public Safety Committee met Thursday morning to discuss ambulance service in the city.

Workers walked away from Gadsden-Etowah EMS at 5 p.m. on February 21, after several weeks without pay.  The Alabama Department of Public Health gave the company five days to resume operations or lose their license from the state.

The company filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, but one of the city council members wanted to allow the company to resume operations.  The other members of the Public Safety Committee decided to wait for ADPH to pull the state license before making a decision on the business license issued by the city of Gadsden.

"Our stipulation was if they had their licensure to prevent them from providing an ambulance service to the city of Gadsden, then we would also have them pull their business license," Gadsden fire chief Stephen Carroll said Thursday morning.

ADPH received Gadsden-Etowah EMS's state medical transport license in the mail later Thursday.  The Public Safety Committee will likely pull the business license at their next meeting.

Chief Carroll said there has been no decrease or drop-off in ambulance service to the city.  He heard the Gadsden Etowah EMS workers intended to walk off the job earlier that afternoon, and arranged for Rural/Metro Ambulance to provide additional coverage.

The city council does not want one company to have a monopoly on ambulance service.  The council members plan to authorize an ambulance group called Advantage to come in as a second provider along with Rural/Metro.  A third company, A-Med, provides ambulances in Etowah County but does not want to be a primary service and will be a back-up if necessary.

Rural/Metro regional director Don Bratcher said Thursday morning that he hired several of the Gadsden Etowah EMS to work for Rural/Metro.

  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

    Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

    Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:55:56 GMT
    Gadsden's Mayor Sherman Guyton wins reelection with 56% of the votes. The city also voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales with over a 2-1 ratio; 68% to 32%.More >>
    Gadsden's Mayor Sherman Guyton wins reelection with 56% of the votes. The city also voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales with over a 2-1 ratio; 68% to 32%.More >>
  • Anniston police and fire departments downsized by proposed budget cuts

    Anniston police and fire departments downsized by proposed budget cuts

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:01:02 GMT
    The Anniston city manager's proposed budget for 2015 cuts more than $1.5-million in spending compared to this year. The police and fire chiefs are concerned about the cuts to public safety.More >>
    The Anniston city manager's proposed budget for 2015 cuts more than $1.5-million in spending compared to this year. The police and fire chiefs are concerned about the cuts to public safety.
    More >>
  • Third anniversary of murder of Anniston police officer

    Third anniversary of murder of Anniston police officer

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-26 00:44:45 GMT
    The family of Justin Sollohub took him off of life support three years ago Monday. "He lived from the 24th to the 25th for the organ donation," Jeniffer Morris said about her son. "Organ donation needs to be important to everybody. We never know, when there's somebody in our [family], when it hits home, that somebody needs an organ. It is important to us but it needs to be important to everybody."More >>
    The family of Justin Sollohub took him off of life support three years ago Monday. "He lived from the 24th to the 25th for the organ donation," Jeniffer Morris said about her son. "Organ donation needs to be important to everybody. We never know, when there's somebody in our [family], when it hits home, that somebody needs an organ. It is important to us but it needs to be important to everybody."More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...