MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - There are new developments in a lawsuit regarding Morgan County's ambulance service. Wednesday evening, a Morgan County Circuit Court Judge determined there should be no legal hurdles to prevent a new company from operating in the area -- at least for now.
Decatur's First Response Ambulance filed the suit in an effort to block Lifeguard Ambulance Service from coming into the area. First Response claimed the county's new contract with Lifeguard Ambulance was illegal, saying the 911 Emergency Board allowed the company to submit a bid for a contract after the deadline. The judge disagreed and cleared the way for Lifeguard to begin answering calls Wednesday.
Lifeguard Ambulance Service says it's investing in technology, bringing world-class assets to Morgan County; and Tuesday afternoon they invited the community to the District Operations Headquarters on College Street in Hartselle to see it all.
"We've remained focused on hiring a quality work staff and putting into place what we feel like are best practices to ensure Morgan County is the safest place to live work and play," says Lifeguard Vice President of Operations Jason Kimbrell. He says the company hasn't let the lawsuit distract them from the goal at hand.
"Morgan County has gone through what I consider a roller coaster ride in having a consistent provider here," Kimbrell says. "Samaritan has done an excellent job in stepping up when the time has been asked of them to step up and provide that service, kind of as a stop-gap. And Morgan County has made the decision to have a provider that's going to have to step up kind of put some skin in the game, put some sweat equity into the race."
And, Kimbrell ensures, provide long-term sustainability. Lifeguard says its rapid response model and investment in the community should give county residents even more peace of mind.
"They should take a sigh of relief and know that there's been a great pass-off from a great service, Samaritan, to what we feel like is a service that's in a class of its own and we're excited about reaching out and being the best part of somebody's worst day."
Lifeguard claims to run some of the most progressive and innovative 911 operations in the Southeast. The ambulance service will officially begin operations in Morgan County Wednesday at 8a.m.