First Response EMS halted its ambulance service in Decatur after Morgan County Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler issued a court order Monday prohibiting the company’s operation, City Attorney Herman Marks said today.
“DEMSI (Decatur Emergency Medical Services) is providing ambulance service. First Response is not operating in Decatur presently,” said Marks. “As far as I know they stopped yesterday evening on the court order.”
Marks said there is no shortage of ambulance service since First Response is out of the rotation.
“I am told they (DEMSI) are in compliance with the ordinance and they’re going to stay that way,” Marks said. “It’s my understanding that they’re committed to having the number of ambulances required, which is five.”
Paler said in her ruling that First Response’s parent company, Healthcare Investment Group Inc., submitted an application for an operation certificate that was non-compliant with the city’s Code of Ordinances.
HIG may submit another application that complies with the city Code.
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