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Lee County proposes EMS privatization

Rick Muggridge, Lee County Chairman Rick Muggridge, Lee County Chairman
Curtis Fallaw, Former Lee County paramedic Curtis Fallaw, Former Lee County paramedic
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

The chairman of the Lee County Commission says privatizing the county's Emergency Medical Services would save tax money and might improve services.

Commissioners discussed the controversial proposal tonight.
Chairman Rick Muggridge says EMS costs the county $2.4-million a year.
He wants to find ways to deliver quality services more efficiently. A former Lee County paramedic told us he believes going private would hurt the quality of care.

"If you bring a private company in here, what's going to happen is they're going to cut services considerably, probably in half,” said Curtis Fallaw, Former Lee County Paramedic.

"We're paying a little more than we should and we need to look at ways to reduce those cost,” said Rick Muggridge, Lee County Chairman.

Muggridge says most current employees likely would keep their jobs under a private operator.
Commissioners may vote at their next meeting on whether to send out requests for proposals to private vendors.

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