Cottonwood ambulance rescue working to get back open

COTTONWOOD, Ala. (WTVY) — People in Cottonwood are worried about what will happen if they need emergency help since the volunteer ambulance rescue group closed a few weeks ago.

Brandon Watford lives in the Lucy community.
"Cottonwood Rescue is our general ambulance service that we rely on and I'm very afraid one of my family members is going to call 911 and [wait] 30 minutes just because there isn't an ambulance service here."

Pilcher’s Ambulance Service in Dothan has to respond, it's the back up for Houston County and right now, answers any 911 calls in Cottonwood.

The mayor of Cottonwood, Ken Hamilton says, "The people that were running it were doing the best that they could. I think they were burnt out but they have to be commended for the job they did for so many years."

Now, the rescue group is working to get its license back. Three EMT’s have stepped up, which meets what’s needed.

This shutdown does not impact the volunteer fire department in Cottonwood.

It is still up and running.