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Officials consider options to maintain ambulance service for county

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Shelby County officials are trying to determine how they will maintain ambulance service for the 125,000 county residents.

Officials are considering three options that would allow the emergency service to continue servicing the county.

American Medical Response, which is the currently provider of the ambulance service for Shelby County, said it needs almost $3 million more to cover the expenses or it will stop services at the end of the year.

AMR contracted with the county in 2013 for $1.7 million, but now says that is not covering their expenses and they need more money. An additional $2.8 million to be exact.

AMR's contract with the county expires at the end of the year and will need to be renewed in order for the service to continue.

Mayor Mark Luttrell has proposed three options to resolve the issue:

  • Renegotiate a new contract with AMR
  • Contract with a new ambulance company
  • Begin a Shelby County Fire Department ambulance service

"As discussions continue about how to best provide ambulance service, citizens will not be put at risk," Luttrell said. "AMR's contract won't expire until December 31. That gives us time to find the most efficient and cost effective option."

The final decision will be made prior to AMR's contract expiring.

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