Owner of Gadsden-Etowah EMS surrenders state license

Owner of Gadsden-Etowah EMS surrenders state license

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A troubled ambulance service in Gadsden is in the process of giving up its state license.

The news was announced Thursday as members of the city council's public safety committee met to discuss the matter. The Gadsden City Council was prepared to pull the Decatur Emergency Medical Service's business license when council members learned the state license had arrived in Montgomery.

Fire Chief Stephen Carroll says he was told by Decatur Emergency Medical Service officials that the firm, which also operates Gadsden-Etowah EMS, had mailed its operating license back to the State Department of Public Health. State EMS Director Dennis Blair confirms this to FOX6 News.

"There's a lot of things, we're still trying to jump through some hoops, but in the meantime, we still have full ambulance service in the city of Gadsden, and the citizens will not see any change in their ambulance service," Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll said.

Council members are also considering a plan to allow two ambulance companies to work in the city with a third serving as backup.

FOX6 News has confirmed that many of the 18 Gadsden-Etowah EMS workers who walked off the job last week have now been hired at other ambulance services.

Decatur Emergency Medical Services has also filed for bankruptcy.

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