County may privatize ambulance service

A presentation by Puckett Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be heard by the Bledsoe County Commission in a Special Called Meeting on Monday, September 16.

Bledsoe County Mayor Gregg Ridley said the county commission will decide its next steps after hearing from Puckett, but an official contract proposal had not been written up.

“It all comes down to looking at all county government services and how we can offer the same service at a reduced cost,” Ridley said. “Losses with current EMS are not going to go down, they will continue to escalate.”

A loss or gains chart for Bledsoe EMS, shared by Mayor Ridley, shows an average loss per year of $156,387 and a total loss of $1,094,714 from 2012-2013 to the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The $1 million figure includes $34,860 in payments for ambulances per year.

For more, see the September 5 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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