Pike County Ambulance Dispatch

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Just before last month Pike County had been in contract with care ambulance service, having their dispatch locally in the city of Troy, but the lack of employees soon changed that.

“The issue is local versus central dispatch and what the current contract is and beyond that then it'll be what the counties and the cities will do in the future."

Harry Sanders with Pike County Commission says since the end of February the ambulance service switched from local dispatch to central, dispatching out of Montgomery.

"They've gone from dispatching out of Montgomery but using the GPS system according to the chief the calls we've had on our end of the county have been handling approximately the same amount of time it would take if we had a local dispatch out of Troy."

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage says the only problem he has run into with the switch is the legalities. The contract with care ambulance calls for local dispatch and not central.

"At this point we haven't seen any change from what we had experienced earlier."

Ramage says he has seen good things with the central dispatch and hopes all will work out in the end, benefiting those who may need its services.

County officials will be holding a meeting on Thursday taking feedback from the community about the best location for the dispatch.

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