Humphreys Co. Ambulance Contractor Closes, Fires Employees

Humphreys Co. Ambulance Contractor Closes, Fires Employees

CREATED Feb 17, 2014

by Todd Walker

WAVERLY, Tenn. - More than a dozen first responders in Humphreys County are out of a job, after the private ambulance company contracted by the county abruptly closed.

Eagle Medical Service, formerly known as ProMed, provided ambulance service for Humphreys County at a cost of $22,500 per month for the last two-and-a-half years.

Former employees said they were notified Friday they were no longer employed. William Bullington said he found out via text message.

Multiple employees have claimed the company hasn't paid them in weeks.

"Every week you don't know if you'll be paid," said Richard Corkan who quit two weeks ago. "We have to borrow or steal supplies from hospitals because we didn't have them to provide people the service they need."

Humphreys County Executive Jessie Wallace said he received an anonymous phone call Friday, telling him to check on the future of ambulance service in the county.

Wallace said leaders with Eagle "weren't confident they could continue to provide the ambulance service they were contractually obligated to."

Wallace said Dickson and Hickman counties provided ambulance coverage Friday night and American Medical Response has been providing emergency transport until a new company can be chosen.

Wallace said all Eagle Medical Service would tell him is the company was having financial issues.

Multiple attempts to reach anyone from Eagle for comment were unsuccessful.

Wallace said he hopes to have a new permanent company chosen by the end of the week. He said the county had already been soliciting bids from companies because Eagle's contract was up in June.

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