DEMSI Surrenders Ambulance License, State EMS Certificate

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - There are new developments in the Decatur EMS saga.
The company has agreed to surrender its ambulance license and state EMS certificate.

City leaders say it's essentially over, as far as they're concerned.

There's still the matter of the bankruptcy proceedings, but that will be handled in court between the company, its owner and their creditors.

But this entire fiasco with DEMSI has revealed some shortcomings in the city's ambulance service ordinance, and that's where we believe you'll see some changes.

DEMSI's fleet of ambulances and transport vehicles remained parked behind their old offices, exactly where WHNT News 19 saw them Friday night when the company shut down its service.  There were several people around, but they left shortly after we arrived without making any comment.

Our phone calls to the company's attorney were not returned.  Decatur's city attorneys also declined to speak on camera and offered very little information about the DEMSI situation.

Herman Marks did confirm the city is now taking a close look at the ambulance ordinance in an effort to correct any flaws without creating a stranglehold that might stifle free enterprise.

Because of the research needed to create a more effective ordinance, the attorneys say it might be some time before any possible revisions are introduced.

Meanwhile, all EMS calls are being answered by First Response Ambulance service, and fire department paramedics are being dispatched on all emergency medical calls.

WHNT News 19 learned Monday DEMSI didn't even bother to renew their business license last year.  So they've been operating this year, up until Friday anyway, without one and no one on the EMS committee was made aware.

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