LIfeguard Ambulance Will Take Over EMS in Columbia County
It's official. After months of deliberation and tearing through applications from possible private medical services, Columbia County Commissioners have approved a contract with Lifeguard Ambulance. Chairman of the County Commission, Jody Dupree, says the switch will save the county 1.2 million dollars in subsidy.
Those currently employed with Columbia County EMS are in fear of losing their jobs. Lifeguard ambulance is holding interviews with the current employees this week to determine who they will hire to work for them. Lifeguard is expected to take over starting July 1st and will lease the county's six ambulances as well as their two stations for one dollar a year.
When the county initially discussed going private, the City of Lake City was not going to be included in the new private service. However, the county was able to work out a deal with the city, including them in the new contract with Lifeguard Ambulance.
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