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AMR contract not finalized yet to consolidate ambulance service into one
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May 22, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors have not yet approved the contract with AMR ambulance service, three months after they voted to give it the exclusive rights to respond to E911 emergency calls.

Board attorney Scott Slover presented the board Monday with the contract, but supervisors said they want more time to review it. The contract includes the details of the response times AMR will be bound by in transporting people medically distressed. There are financial penalties to be imposed on the ambulance company if it routinely takes too long.

American Medical Response and Metro Ambulance Service previously took turns picking up people in need, but complaints arose that this shared service was inefficient and slow. The Board of Supervisors decided it’s better to have one that would be held accountable to provide quick responses.

While Metro and one other ambulance company bid for this earlier this year, the county board decided in February that AMR is the best to ensure quicker response times and better emergency medical care.

It was understood earlier this month that AMR had taken over responding to all emergency ambulance calls beginning May 1, but it was made clear Monday that it continues to rotate with Metro pending final approval of the contract now before the county board.

Once the contract is approved, AMR will be given a six-month trial period to see how well it does.

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Adams County supervisors are questioning whether there are business conflicts by members of the commissions that oversee the Natchez-Adams County airport and the river port.

Mississippi’s conflict-of-interest law prohibits government officials having a financial interest in business deals decided by the board they sit on. The county board is asking the Mississippi Ethics Commission issue opinions on whether the members in question are actually violating the law. Supervisors did not say who the commission members are.




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