News12 at 6 o'clock/ Nov. 14, 2013
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----Richmond County and two ambulance companies all wanted control of answering your 911 calls. The county won in the end, but this might not be over yet.
In fact, one company promises it's not and plans to appeal. Regional leaders voted to allow Richmond County to oversee its own emergency response and Goldcross EMS is not happy.
"I think the vote today just set Richmond County back 20 years. Instead of moving it forward, I think it's going back 20 years," said CEO Goldcross Vince Brogdon.
"If they win the zone, then they have a stronger negotiating point on their contract. It could mean more money or less service," said Fire chief Chris James.
The East Central Georgia Region 6 EMS Council voted twice to allow Richmond County to set wait times for 911 calls and the maximum number of ambulances a service must have on the road.
Goldcross CEO Vince Brogdon called for a re-vote stating a conflict of interest since the chief himself voted.
Brogdon also implied the city turned in false paperwork.
"According to my records, they haven't responded as many times. In the zoning application, it was for ambulance responses," said CEO Vince Brogdon.
"They're going to stand their position. The city is negotiating with them now," said Fire chief Chris James.
Richmond County's contract with Goldcross runs out in December. The county was awarded control under the condition it will sub-contract out an ambulance service.
It means Goldcross could be back on the road if the 2 sides can work it out. Chief James say this isn't personal, but it's just about allowing taxpayers to have some say in how they're helped, when they need it most.