HARTSELLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A Hartselle-based ambulance service appears to have shut its doors for good after a repo agency seized its vehicles for the second time in less than a year.
The doors at County EMS were locked on Tuesday, just hours after sources confirmed that three of the company’s trucks were repossessed. County EMS owner Matthew Garwood did not offer an explanation for the closing and could not be reached for comment. Morgan County 911 Director Ryan Welty told WHNT News 19 that he was never notified by the company, and only heard of the closing through word of mouth last Saturday.
“One of my dispatchers called me and said that County EMS had contacted them on Facebook and said they were shutting the doors at 4 p.m., and that was our notification.”
The city of Hartselle cancelled its ambulance service contract with County EMS earlier this year, just weeks after three of the company’s ambulance units were repossessed for the first time. The company had still been running emergency routes in unincorporated sections of southwest and central Morgan County until last weekend. Welty said he was confident the closing would not impact public safety.
“We have the same number of ambulances on duty now as we did last week,” said Welty. “We continue to assign the closest available ambulance, and I really don’t believe there’s going to be any impact on response times.”
Long-time County EMS owner Terry Garwood died unexpectedly earlier this year, with the business passing on to his son Matthew Garwood.