AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – NewsChannel 6 received multiple reports about Gold Cross EMS ending its contract sooner than the previously announced April 21 date. Saturday night, the Mayor’s office issued the following statement:

“This evening Gold Cross notified the City of their intent to terminate their month-to-month contract as the city’s 911 service provider, effective Sunday, April 2 at 8 a.m. 

We understand the concern this news may cause, but we want to reassure constituents and visitors of Augusta-Richmond County that they will receive assistance in emergent situations.”

Central EMS has confirmed they will provide emergency medical services to all constituents and visitors effective Sunday, April 2 at 6 am. There will be no lapse in coverage. 

As of 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Central EMS is in place and providing EMS service to Augusta-Richmond County with eight units and a quick response vehicle in operation.

The Department of Public Health is sending an additional four agencies with units and a representative to assist with the transition.

They are also working on implementing 5-mile mutual aid coverage with our partners in Columbia and Burke Counties.

Both Central EMS and the Department of Public Health have representatives in at the 911 Call Center to assist and coordinate dispatch calls.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

The safety and well-being of all individuals in Augusta-Richmond County remains the Mayor’s top priority. The Office of Mayor Garnett L. Johnson is committed to remaining transparent and will continue to provide constituents with updates.”