DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - New details about the possible partnership between Dougherty County and Grady EMS out of Atlanta were revealed on Monday.
It would be a five-year annual renewal contract.
Grady would manage electronic payment and billing, equipment maintenance and continuing education.
Vice President of Grady EMS Bill Compton said they would also provide maintenance and repairs and would employ all current EMS staff.
Compton said this would save millions for the county over the next five years.
"The county is losing or has to balance up about $1.6 million a year, just roughly $8 million over five years. So with those numbers through our regionalized approach and our hub being here in the city, we are going to be able to improve those efficiencies," said explained Compton.
Grady has already negotiated a deal to set up a regional 911 call center in one of the floors of SunTrust Bank.
Medical emergency calls for southern counties like Randolph and Worth will be dispatched through that center.
However, the counties will still handle other calls, like for the fire department.
The new dispatch center is scheduled to open in late September.
It will create 30 new jobs in Albany for the new fleet and dispatch centers.
There will be ambulance units dedicated to emergency response only and non-emergency transport units will be managed outside of that.
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