Owner of Gadsden Etowah EMS files for bankruptcy

Owner of Gadsden Etowah EMS files for bankruptcy

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Decatur Emergency Medical Services, which owns Gadsden Etowah EMS, has filed for bankruptcy. Source: WBRC video Decatur Emergency Medical Services, which owns Gadsden Etowah EMS, has filed for bankruptcy. Source: WBRC video
Gadsden Etowah EMS workers hug and talk before walking off the job last Friday. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC Gadsden Etowah EMS workers hug and talk before walking off the job last Friday. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Decatur Emergency Medical Service, which also owns Gadsden Etowah EMS, has filed for bankruptcy.

Last Friday, Gadsden Etowah EMS workers walked off the job, saying they hadn't been paid in weeks.

Employees said at first their paychecks just bounced. But soon after, the checks stopped coming altogether.

Decatur EMS workers walked off the job two weeks prior to Gadsden Etowah EMS employees due to similar reasons.

Gadsden's fire chief Stephen Carroll said citizens shouldn't be concerned that EMS service will stop. He said the Rural Metro Ambulance will fill in services for Gadsden Etowah EMS, including calls to south Gadsden and 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 said he would give Gadsden-Etowah EMS officials until Wednesday to contact him before he starts that process.

Decatur Emergency Medical Service filed bankruptcy documents on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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