Richmond County EMS Committee votes to reopen ambulance zone

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We could be closer to seeing another ambulance provider in the city of Augusta.

Gold Cross is currently the zone provider, but Thursday, the Region 6 EMS Committee voted to accept the recommendations of a subcommittee to reopen the zone, meaning other providers could be considered.

Mayor Hardie Davis says it’s all about keeping the people of Augusta safe.

“We have a vested responsibility as public servants to provide for the health, the welfare and the safety of all those residents and those in transients who come into the community.  So I think this moves that conversation along in a very positive way,” says Mayor Davis.

But Gold cross’ Chief Operating Officer Steven Vincent says despite Thursday’s decision, the state has the final say, and he says the city of Augusta is pushing to reopen the zone for the wrong reason.

“Basically, Richmond County wants it open because they want control,” says Vincent. “And that’s not the reason why you open zoning.  You open zoning for the benefit of public welfare, economy and efficiency.” 

The state is expected to make its decision in November.

Once that happens, potential providers will have 10 days to make a proposal to be the zone provider.

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