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County EMS: No lapse in coverage

Published 11:51am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The son of the late Terry Garwood and inheritor of his County EMS ambulance service plans to continue the business and is working to obtain the necessary licenses.

Matthew Garwood, who also works as a basic EMT for his late father’s business, said he sent the paperwork to the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuesday morning, and is working to obtain the necessary licenses for his new business.

“The state has given us a 30-day window to obtain our licenses to run the ambulance services,” Garwood said.

Garwood said they have all five ambulances back in service.

“The reason why they repossessed the ambulances is because the financing company thought we had closed because of my father’s death,” Garwood said. “They were within their right to do that, but we have worked it out with the financing company and we obtained the ambulances on Friday.”

Garwood said that they did not miss a call during that incident or during the funeral, when crews participates in the procession.

“There was never a lapse in coverage,” Garwood said. “Another ambulance service was dispatched to handle Falkville calls, but we still had Hartselle covered.

Fire Chief Steve Shelton said he has not had any issues with County EMS’s response.

Mayor Don Hall said he is planning to talk with City Attorney Larry Madison to make sure that all of County EMS’s paperwork is in good order for the city.

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