Private company to take over EMS service in McIntosh County

Private company to take over McIntosh County EMS service

MCINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - New emergency vehicles are coming to McIntosh County as soon as August.

The county commission says it has taken about a year to finalize decisions to have a private service. The county actually awarded a bid to a private company out of Atlanta for over $300,000 a year.

Before privatizing Emergency Medical Services in McIntosh County, research showed taxpayers were spending over $700,000 for EMS services like ambulances and paramedics.

“One of the main reasons for the research was our EMS expenses were going up every year and our revenue was going down, and currently we are spending about $1 million every year in expenses and only receiving $275,000 back in revenue,” said Patrick Zoucks, County Manager.

Zoucks says they decided to hire Grady as their private company after consulting with other counties first.

“We went and met with them, and everything with them went really well,” he said. “They are loving the service so far and they’ve only had the services for about a month.”

He says they have met with Grady and none of their employees in Atlanta are willing to come to McIntosh County, which is good news for current EMS employees.

“They told us they want to hire our people. They are going to need 25-35 employees, which is about what our roster looks like with full-time and part-time, and that pretty much guaranteed everybody’s rate would stay the same and probably increase."

They expect services to start in August.

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