City Changes Ambulance Provider, Shoals Ambulance Service Takes Over

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - It has finally been decided that Shoals Ambulance Service will now be the emergency service provider for the City of Florence.

After nearly six months of discussion, the city council voted to go with the new provider.

“We think we put together a comprehensive proposal.  Took into consideration the response times the city and county were asking for and we took into consideration the technology that isn`t currently being offered now,” said Shoals Ambulance Service CEO, Bryan Gibson.

It's a big change after Lauderdale EMS served the area for the past four years.  However, city council members say it wasn't an easy process.

“There is a lot of work done on that and a lot of work done with the council, a lot of thought put into that.  We want to make the best decision that helps the citizens of our city and county,” said Councilman Blake Edwards.

In October, the city made a surprise decision and voiced their preference of going with Shoals Ambulance Service but the delay in the take over came when the Lauderdale County Commission did not agree.

In an effort to keep the same service throughout the entire area, both the city and county reviewed several packages.

“We are just really proud the city of Florence chose us to be the provider through the competitive bid process,” said Gibson.

After submitting a full proposal to Lauderdale County, the company's owner hopes their featured qualities can change the vote of the commission too.

The commission is expected to vote during its next meeting, Monday, February 25th.

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