TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - There's controversy between the city of Tifton and Tift County about who comes to the rescue during emergencies.
As a result, the city has filed a lawsuit against the county.
For the past 15 years, Tifton and Tift County have operated under a joint fire department.
About a year ago, the county decided it no longer wanted to do that.
As a result, both departments are showing up at accident scenes.
"The cooperation between the Tifton and Tift County fire department when it was joint and the EMS was very good and they worked well together," said Rob Wilmot, city attorney.
When the county decided it no longer wanted a joint fire department, city administrators thought they would be the ones to send their fire trucks to calls, and the county would send an ambulance.
"We did not think it was going to be a problem," said Wilmot.
Since July 1st, two crews have responded to emergency calls inside the city limits.
"What has happened is that has created just mass confusion at the scene of a collision," said Wilmot.
The city filed a lawsuit stating it's illegal for the county to provide services in the city without a contract.
But that's what the interim city manager said the city had to do.
"It's never a good thing to settle something in court and we understand that," said Hunter Walker, Tifton interim city manager.
No one from Tift County would go on camera, but the county manager released a statement saying in part "Georgia law obligates Tift County to perform the services in this EMS zone."
As of right now, people living within the city are paying for both the county fire department and the city one.
"You always hope it is resolved and resolved amicably. We all serve the same taxpayer and someone they expect us to figure out a way to make it work.," said Walker.
Now the decision is in the hands of the superior court.
Full statement from Tift County: