WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - People in Worth County will soon see new ambulances on the streets, and taxpayers will pay less for the service.
County commissioners are partnering with a new company.
It's even one reason residents won't be paying more property tax this year.
Worth County emergency services made a good name for themselves back in the day.
Jimmy Hudson is the former EMS Director who retired in 2005.
"We had a good thing. We really had great paramedics who really enjoyed working together and we were number one in patient care at one point I believe in the entire state," said Hudson.
But right now, the county only has two functioning rescue, one in Warwick and one in Sylvester. The others are so old that they're out of commission.
"It's tough, it's really tough. If you have a minor call, you have to call the surrounding agency and it's going to take them a while to get there," said Hudson.
The county has been paying roughly $39,000 a month for the service. But for the past three months, commissioners have been looking at new ambulance companies.
That's when they made the decision to sign a contract with Grady – an ambulance company out of Atlanta that has partnered with Phoebe.
Commissioner Ken Hall said with Grady they will be paying substantially less.
"By doing this and saving the amount of money that we are saving the amount of money that we are saving by this transition, enabled us to not add a 1 mil increase in the county," said Hall.
With the new contract, Worth County will receive three brand new ambulances, two transports and one paramedic. They will also be re-using the medical boxes in the old ambulances and putting them in three new vehicles.
"We're just asking the citizens to bear with us with what we got and we are hoping to get those new trucks operating and on the ground," said Hall.
Hall said he is proud of the job the EMT team has right now and is happy that those employees will stay.
"With this Phoebe/Grady operation all the EMT's are staying in place. Those guys do a great job," said Hall.
Those new ambulances and the new contract will begin July 17th.
Statement from Phoebe Worth Medical Center CEO Kim Gilman: