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Augusta Chronicle: Fire chief talks EMS zone designation

Augusta Chronicle, August 18, Sylvia Cooper At the commission’s request Tuesday, Augusta Fire Chief Chris James talked generally about pursuing the EMS zone designation and how he’ll run the ambulance service if successful, although everybody already knew everything he said – except for one thing. He’ll ask for a $400,000 increase for EMS in next...

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Dunwoody Crier: Regional council to study Dunwoody EMS problems

The Dunwoody Crier, August 14, 2018, Dick Williams Dunwoody got what it wanted Thursday when the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Council convened at city hall. The council voted without opposition to set up an ad hoc committee to study Dunwoody’s declaration of an “EMS Emergency,” the service in the city from American Medical Response...

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: DeKalb ambulance provider will pay for poor service, county says

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 7, 2018, Joshua Sharpe DeKalb commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a settlement with the county’s ambulance provider after a long history of complaints. Under the agreement, American Medical Response will resolve $1.9 million in contract penalties for allegedly providing poor service — though only $600,000 will be paid in cash....

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Augusta Chronicle: Commission clashes over ambulances

The Augusta Chronicle, August 7, 2018, Tom Corwin The Augusta Commission again clashed Tuesday over the city’s pursuit of designation as the emergency services provider for Augusta. It also sent a strong message on the location for a new James Brown Arena by saying it would fund it only at the downtown site of the...

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Augusta Chronicle: Council votes to open Augusta ambulance zone

Augusta Chronicle, August 2, 2018, Tom Corwin The Region 6 EMS Council voted Thursday to recommend opening up the zone to provide emergency ambulance service in Augusta but a final decision on who will be that provider will be up to the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health , who has rejected some...

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The 4-1-1 on Georgia’s 9-1-1 crisis

Ambulance providers in Georgia are selected through a process administered by the Georgia Department of Public Health and allocated to Regional Councils. This 40 year old system was created with the intention to allow emergency medical systems programs to operate as economically and efficiently as possible, to serve the public welfare, and make ambulance service...