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EMS In Danger - One North Alabama EMS Files For Bankruptcy


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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 27 2014 10:46 AM


When I was believed to be in the running for Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management, I told some of the Houston County Commissioners what I felt would be the greatest challenge in the next five years for Dothan - Houston County. That was EMS and fire protection.


In my humble opinion, the next five years will require some crucial decisions in order for the people of Houston County to be protected.


It is not about the level of services the volunteers provide. It is about (1) funding (2) people who will volunteer (3) employers allowing their employees to take off when emergency strikes.


Emergencies do not take appointments. Heck, even Dothan City Manager Mike West will not allow a City of Dothan employee to take off for free if needed to dive for Houston County Rescue. If the City of Dothan will not, how can private employers allow their employees to take off.


in Dale County, the southern end, the volunteers closed. The Ozark EMS found it was way to expensive to cover the south end of Dale County. THANK GOODNESS that Joey and Debbie Pilcher of Pilcher's Ambulance follow their motto "That more may live".  The Pilcher's are covering the south end of Dale County without any Dale County subsidy.


The Pilcher's cover part of Houston County as primary EMS and all of Houston County as back up EMS. They get no subsidy. They respond to structure fires to stand by when, fortunately, not many transports from structure fires.


In Baker Hill, Barbour County, EMS is closed.


MEDICAID


FORBIDDEN is the non payment of government workers. But, those same government workers have no hesitation in holding Medicaid payments to EMS providers.


The EMS providers never know what 'I" was left without a dot or 't" was left uncrossed for them to delay payment.


But when that same government worker fails to get a paycheck, the world is collapsing. But how does private employer EMS operate when it takes months to get paid.


EMS and FIRE


The county can not afford EMS and Fire in the county. The volunteers break their backs in order to provide EMS to the county residents.


The 2014 Houston County residents, it is very important to your health and welfare to elect or re-elect someone who lives in the county as Houston County Commissioner. A City of Dothan resident does not depend on volunteers for their safety and welfare.  Only a county person can understand.




GADSDEN:  Gadsden Etowah EMS on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in federal court, according to court documents.



GEEMS is looking for protection under Chapter 11, which means it would be allowed to stay open as it develops a plan to pay its creditors.


The bankruptcy was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Alabama, jointly with Decatur Emergency Medical Services. Both owned solely by the same person, Roger Stanmore.


As of Tuesday, GEEMS and DEMS had a total of $1,921,880.56 in assets on the books with $1,820,127.93 in debt. GEEMS owes about $362,367.51 to the Internal Revenue Service, which has placed numerous liens against both companies and said it intends to levy the two companies’ assets before the bankruptcy was filed.


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