FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It was a process that spanned numerous months, and took four local government votes before an agreement could be made.
It has been less than 60 days since Shoals Ambulance Service won the competitive ambulance bid for the City of Florence and Lauderdale County.
In the time since then, Bryan Gibson has been extremely busy setting up 10 brand new ambulances and securing where the emergency vehicles will be stationed.
“We’ve been focusing on the infrastructure, the technology, the employees, getting our locations,” said Gibson. “It’s a lot to do in a short time frame, but we are doing really well on our time.”
Under the contract that begins on May 1st, there will be five ambulances across Lauderdale County, available 24 hours a day.
Five additional ambulances will remain on stand-by, one of which will have critical care capabilities.
“We’re actually looking forward to getting started,” explained Gibson. “There’s a lot of pent-up excitement, we’re using a lot of new technology that’s not being used in the area before. It’s very difficult to put in place, but it’s worth doing it.”
Gibson says the ambulances will have wireless technology that will allow dispatchers to provide turn by turn directions to any emergency scene in the county, as well as tracking technology to monitor the fleet.
According to Shoals Ambulance Service, emergency response vehicles will be located in Rogersville, Killen, two stations in Florence and the Central community.