EMS Service Bidding Open In Lauderdale County

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Lauderdale EMS has served parts of the Shoals exclusively for nearly three years.  However, that could soon change.

The company had a three-year contract, but every year, city and county leaders can end the contract without cause.

First, the Florence City Council decided to open up the bidding process for other EMS companies to have the opportunity to serve the county.  Then the Lauderdale County Commission agreed to help in the bidding process, in order to keep one company contracted, for both the City of Florence and Lauderdale County.

"We are really fortunate here," said EMA Director George Grabryan.  "We have a lot of qualified companies that have been in the industry for a long time and its critical that you have good pre-hospital care."

City officials say there haven't been any major complaints with Lauderdale EMS and they can re-bid for the contract again.

"They've been well within the confines of the contract," said Phil Stevenson, a spokesman for the City of Florence.  "It's just an opportunity to see if you can operate it and do it a little better."

Officials say factors such as technology and cost will play a role in the contract committee's decision.

The bidding process opened Monday.  Emergency medical services companies have until August 2 to submit a bid.

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