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New Paulding ambulance provider to be in place next month
by Tom Spigolon
November 19, 2013 04:21 PM | 3462 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Metro Atlanta Ambulance Director of Operations Dennis Westover arranges equipment in one of his company’s vehicles.
Metro Atlanta Ambulance Director of Operations Dennis Westover arranges equipment in one of his company’s vehicles.
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Residents have begun seeing Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service units rolling through the community after its recent approval as first responder for medical emergencies in Paulding County.

Company president Pete Quinones said his company plans to relocate ambulance stations and add workers and ambulances when it takes over operations of provider Clark Ambulance Service by Dec. 16.

“We will take over in a very short transition period,” he said. “It’ll be very seamless.”

Sam Clark, Paulding County’s coroner and a Dallas funeral home owner, is the owner of Clark Ambulance. Its impending sale to Metro Atlanta led to opening the zone to a new emergency medical provider, officials have said.

Quinones said his company had helped back up Clark Ambulance in times of heavy demand before it entered an operating agreement with Clark in June.

The Georgia Department of Public Health recently gave its go-ahead for Metro Atlanta to serve as the Paulding County zone provider for emergency medical services.

Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, the department’s director of health protection, recently approved the Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services Council’s recommendation of the Marietta-based ambulance company. The council also considered Austell-based Puckett EMS for the position.

Metro Atlanta plans to add a new Paulding headquarters location and relocate some of Clark’s six ambulance stations, Quinones said.

“We think we need to spread them out more,” he said.

It will serve the Paulding zone with payment from user fees only. It does not plan to ask the county government for funding, he said.

The company plans to make nine ambulances available in Paulding – up from five Clark used — with backup provided from among the 75 other ambulances it operates throughout metro Atlanta, Quinones said.

“We’re 911 [contacted] for most of Cobb County,” he said. The additional units will allow the company to reach a response time of less than eight minutes, he said.

Metro Atlanta also plans to absorb Clark’s 55 workers and provide them some additional training. It then plans to hire an additional 12 people in Paulding, Quinones said.

Paulding County government leaders, led by Commission Chairman David Austin, earlier this year recommended to the Region 1 Council awarding the zone to Metro Atlanta based on the support it had given Clark Ambulance, County Attorney Jayson Phillips said last month.

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