COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – After months of debate between the City of Muscle Shoals and the Colbert County 911 board over which ambulance service will run in city limits, the board sides with the attorney generals’ opinion – which means Muscle Shoals residents may see a change in emergency care.
That’s because the Attorney General said Muscle Shoals should have the authority to pick which ambulance service it wants to run in city limits.
“We all asked for an Attorney General’s ruling and we now have it so why don`t we honor the ruling and move forward with this and try to get some of this behind us,” said Mike Melton, Colbert County EMA Director.
After communicating with the city, board member Gary Austin says, he and other members reconsidered their position.
“I recommend that we go strictly by the attorney general’s opinion and that just answers all the questions,” said Austin.
Muscle Shoals officials previously stated they want Shoals Ambulance Service to run calls in the city. With this vote, the 911 board now agrees the city can choose, but the city must follow all the bid laws.
“The city wants to change ambulance services and we want to make sure what we were doing was ok for liability reasons and those issues,” said Melton.
With this new arrangement, Colbert County 911 will still be in charge of dispatching emergency responders to scenes in Muscle Shoals.
A representative from Shoals Ambulance Services says this decision by the 911 board is a step in the right direction. The Shoals Ambulance Service official says the company looks forward to coming up with a competitive bid package.