911 board to discuss process for ambulance rotation

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 17, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Adams County&8217;s 911 Board will discuss at its Thursday meeting what process companies should have to follow to be placed back on the county&8217;s ambulance rotation, Civil Defense Director George Souderes said.

Souderes and the Natchez Police Department received notices by fax Jan. 23 from Emergystat saying the company would remove itself from the rotation until further notice.

Friday, both offices received faxes from the Vernon, Ala.-based company saying it was placing itself back on the rotation list.

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To get on the rotation list in the first place, ambulance companies must show the 911 Board they have the equipment and manpower to handle the job.

But there&8217;s no county or city ordinance stating how ambulance companies are to be placed back on the rotation list once they ask to be removed.

&8220;I hate to get involved in private business, but showing they&8217;ve got the proper equipment and personnel &8230; is a matter of public health and safety,&8221; Souderes said.

Souderes stopped short Tuesday of saying what type of requirements he would recommend the county adopt, if any, or what his suggestion to the 911 Board would be.

&8220;That&8217;s something the (911 Board) members may have to talk to county and city officials about,&8221; he said.

Charles Mock, chairman of the 911 Board, said he also wasn&8217;t prepared Tuesday to make a recommendation.

&8220;We don&8217;t meet until Thursday afternoon, so that gives me some time to think about it,&8221; Mock said.

Officials with Emergystat could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Adams County is also served by American Medical Response and Metro Rural Ambulance Service.

The countywide dispatch center, located at the Natchez Police Department, rotates calls among ambulance companies in the rotation, a system that&8217;s been in place for more than 20 years.

In addition, patients can request a particular company or call the company directly.