The Lauderdale County Commission unanimously voted March 11 to approve a new contract with Shoals Ambulance to provide exclusive non-emergency and emergency 911 ambulance services following a bid process. Florence City Council had approved the renewal on March 5.
Shoals Ambulance has responded to 9-1-1 calls in Lauderdale County and the City of Florence since 2013. The new agreement includes upgrades to equipment and continues investment in first responder partners and community events.
“For the past six years, Shoals Ambulance has been here for the ambulance service needs of our citizens,” said Lauderdale County Commission Chairman Danny Pettus. “We depend on their collaboration with the Florence-Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency to ensure that they will continue to be a good partner to our community. The Commission unanimously approved the new contract, and we look forward to Shoals Ambulance continuing to serve our community.”
“We are grateful to Lauderdale County for once again placing their trust in us to protect the health and safety of its residents,” said Shoals Ambulance Operations Supervisor Blake Hargett. “Over our past six years of service, Shoals Ambulance has provided ambulance service coverage that has exceeded expectations and the requirements of our contract. We will continue that high level of ambulance response, make investments in new technology and continue our support of first responder partners and community events.”
In the new contract, Shoals Ambulance will add new automated chest compression devices to every ambulance – a more than $100,000 investment. During CPR, the automated compression devices ensure uninterrupted chest compressions and optimize the pressure and speed of compressions while keeping the EMS personnel’s hands free to provide additional medical care or move the patient. The devices are quick to deploy and allow EMS personnel to respond to a cardiac event in tighter spaces and with fewer people, as well as improve safety for EMS personnel allowing them to attend to the patient while seated and seat belted during transport.
Shoals Ambulance is dedicating 10 American-made Ford Transit ambulances to Lauderdale County – eight of which are new ambulances within the last two years and the final two ambulances will be replaced this year.
In addition to advanced vehicles and equipment, Shoals Ambulance invests significantly in standby service to community events and support of local first responder partners. Shoals Ambulance provides standby ambulance services at no cost to county- and city-sponsored community events and for all high school varsity and NCAA football games.
Shoals Ambulance will also continue its EMT certification scholarship program for first responders investing $14,000 in scholarships each year. Since 2013, Shoals Ambulance’s scholarship has supported 40 first responders in achieved their EMT certification totaling a more than $50,000 investment since starting the program.
“We appreciate the trust that Lauderdale County and the City of Florence continue to place in us,” said Shoals Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson. “This community was our first customer in 2013, and our company’s growth is in large part due to that trust placed in us six years ago. We built a strong foundation of community care and customer service here in Northwest Alabama. On that foundation, Shoals Ambulance has grown into the national Priority Ambulance family of companies, which now operates in ten states and is currently the fastest-growing national ambulance company in the country.”
Shoals Ambulance provides advanced life support ambulance coverage throughout the county, including the City of Florence and the Towns of Anderson, Killen, Lexington, Rogersville, St. Florian and Waterloo. The one-year agreement with opportunities for two additional one-year renewals begins on April 1, 2019.
About Shoals Ambulance
Shoals Ambulance has provided excellent medical transport services to communities in the state of Alabama since 2012. Shoals Ambulance is the exclusive non-emergency and emergency 911 ambulance service provider for Lauderdale County and the City of Florence in North Alabama. Shoals Ambulance also provides emergency medical service to several communities in Western Jefferson County, including Bessemer, Hueytown and Fairfield. Shoals Ambulance also provides ambulance transport services in Muscle Shoals and Birmingham, specializing in the highest level of comfort and patient safety. Shoals Ambulance is a regional branch of Priority Ambulance.
About Priority Ambulance
Priority Ambulance serves more than 400,000 patients annually with approximately 2,800 highly trained paramedics and EMTs staffing a fleet of approximately 500 state-of-the-art vehicles with the latest medical equipment and technology. The fastest-growing ambulance company on the Inc 5000, Priority Ambulance operates in 10 states under trusted local brands providing emergency and non-emergency medical transport services.
Priority Ambulance company partners include Shoals Ambulance in Alabama; Maricopa Ambulance in Arizona; Puckett EMS in Georgia and Southeast Tennessee; Central EMS in Georgia; National EMS in Georgia; Seals Ambulance in Indiana; Kunkel Ambulance in Upstate New York; Trans Am Ambulance in western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania; Medshore Ambulance in South Carolina; and Priority Ambulance in East Tennessee. Priority Ambulance also serves Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities in West Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas under the Baptist brand. For more information, go to www.priorityambulance.com.