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Clark County losing ambulance service

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Clarksville, IN. (WDRB)--Some local EMTs are out of a job after their contract with Clark County was terminated.  "I was scared that they would...I've heard rumors from EMS providers that have known the history of the company," says Thomas Harris, EMT.

Harris says Wednesday morning the rumors came true when management at Rural Metro Ambulance handed him a termination letter.  He says, "Saying that as of tomorrow we will no longer have a job here because they had lost...they gave termination notice to the county saying that they did not want the contract anymore."

According to the ambulance company, county officials were given a 60 day notice of termination on March 15th. 

John Hultgren is division director of public affairs for Rural Metro Ambulance and says, "Because we didn't have the level of communication present that we felt was necessary to offer a good service."

The move will likely cost 30 EMTs, who work out of a Clark County garage, their jobs but a Hultgren says there may be other opportunities down the road.  "Our goal is to bring them all into one of our surrounding operations."

Rural Metro Ambulance is a large company with 50 years of serving others but Clark County officials say that service was lacking.

"According to our health department the service that we were getting from Rural Metro was not satisfactory," says Jack Coffman, President Clark County Board of Commissioners.

Coffman says there's a wide range of issues. "Not filing reports timely, some issues of materials that were not carried on the ambulance that are required by our health department."

Clark County already has a new contract with Yellow Ambulance to provide coverage for the area.

Meanwhile, Thomas Harris heard about the effort to relocate everyone, but doesn't have much confidence it will happen.

Harris says, "With 30 people, you know with the number of spots that they mentioned that they had...there's no way that all of us is going to have jobs."

Rural Metro Ambulance will also continue to operate in Clark County servicing health care facilities.  But for now, it's unclear how many jobs that will provide.

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