Gadsden Fire Chief says EMS walk off has had no effect on servic

Gadsden Fire Chief says EMS walk off has had no effect on service

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An ambulance from the now out of service Gadsden-Etowah EMS. Source: WBRC video An ambulance from the now out of service Gadsden-Etowah EMS. Source: WBRC video
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) -

Gadsden's Fire Chief says there's been no interruption in service after medics walked off the job at one of the city's ambulance services last Friday.

Workers at Gadsden-Etowah EMS walked off the job saying they haven't been paid in several weeks.

They said when they were paid, their checks bounced and money had even stopped coming in to fix their trucks.

Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll tells FOX6 News that Rural Metro Ambulance Service picked up the calls that would've been handled by Gadsden-Etowah EMS.

That includes calls to south Gadsden and to parts of Etowah County.

Gadsden-Etowah EMS operated three ambulances in the area, but Carroll says the fire department always had a backup plan and residents likely saw no changes except a different color of truck.

"We've always had a contingency plan about what we would do, in fact, if one of the ambulance services, something happened. And that's pretty much what we implemented Friday afternoon," he said.

Gadsden city ordinance says the chief can revoke an ambulance company's permit if the firm doesn't follow the law.

Carroll says he's giving Gadsden-Etowah EMS officials until Wednesday to contact him before he starts that process.

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