By Bonnie L. Jackson
ASAP EMS Ambulance Service will be the new ambulance service provider for Copiah County as of April 20, 2014.
The Copiah County Board of Supervisors awarded the contract during a recess meeting held on Monday, March 24.
Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital has agreed to continue providing the service until April 20 which is ten days longer than their initial pull out date. This time will allow for a smoother transition.
The county will provide a $100,000 subsidy for the service.
The board has agreed to purchase another ambulance to add to the county’s ambulance fleet. The vehicle will cost $11,500. According to Kelvin Smith, ASAP Chief Executive Officer, JNL Auto Inc, located in Dallas, Texas, has an ambulance that is in good condition with low mileage. The ambulance will serve as a frontline vehicle.
Smith stated that he and his team will handle the transportation of the ambulance from Dallas to Hazlehurst.
ASAP will use the current facilities located at Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital.
Ronnie Barlow, County Administrator, explained that the funds came from the EMSOS funds in the general budget.
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