There are new details about who will manage the city of Augusta's ambulance service.
So for next year, these changes could affect your response time if you need an ambulance.
Gold Cross has provided ambulance service for the city of Augusta for several years but their contract expires at the end of the year.
"Right now we are co-zone providers which mean we could run half and Richmond County could run the other half," said CEO of Gold Cross EMS, Vince Brogdon.
But changes could be on the way after the East Central Georgia Region 6 EMS council recommended the city be the zone provider for Richmond County, instead of Gold Cross.
"I feel like it is the right thing to do. I think Augusta should have a say on how their EMS service should be provided. I think the government body should choose who provides the service and how it is provided," said Augusta Fire Chief, Christopher James.
Gold Cross serves many other counties including Columbia County. They say they have the latest technology and a huge fleet of vehicles to reduce response time in case of emergencies.
"I feel disappointed that our track records show we have done an excellent job since 2006," said Vince Brogdon.
Gold Cross could still end up being the ambulance provider if the city of Augusta chooses to extend their contract. But for now, the council's recommendation will go to the Department of Public Health – they can either accept it, or have another hearing.
"It can be whomever the governing body chooses – right now, we have Gold Cross," said Christopher James.
The EMS council will have another meeting on November 22nd in Wrens.
We'll keep you posted on what the Department of Public Health decides based on the council's recommendation.
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