ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina)- The Anderson County Council voted on Tuesday night to move forward with an agreement that will change how Emergency Services operate throughout the county.
Councilmembers voted to move forward with an agreement to make Medshore Ambulance Services the single emergency transportation provider for the county. The motion passed with a 4-3 vote.
According to a release form Medshore, the agreement is in place for five years. Medshore says that beginning on September 1, it will expand its fleet to 17 basic ambulances that will be deployed throughout the county.
Medshore says that it will also use 14 quick response SUVs that will be please in the county that have advanced life support equipment that can upgrade to ambulances when certain levels of care are needed.
MedShore confirmed that at least one of each of those vehicles will be stationed 24 hours a day in Anderson County's previous geographic response areas. According to the release, more populated areas of the county will have more ambulances to match demand.
According to the release, Medshore says that it is partnering with Anderson County to offer positions to all qualified Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics that are currently working in the county. Medshore says that it will recognize years of service in the county when it comes to wages and benefits for new Medshore Employees.
Anderson County issued a series of facts to inform the public about their decision. Those facts can be found at FACTS-ABOUT-NEW-EMS-SYSTEM.
You can watch the entire discussion on the issue below.
After the meeting, a group of EMS workers from throughout the County filed a protest against the decision. The document represented Belton EMS, Fork Rescue Squad, Iva Rescue Squad, Pelzer EMS and Thorne Ambulance Service.
The group discusses why the decision hurts the County and how it violates the requirements that were set when the process began.
The protest outlined five reasons why the decision should be reversed. Those reasons include the following.
- The agreement violates prohibitions on conflict of interests.
- The agreement would not provide the services required by the County's requirements.
- The decision appears to violate the County's requirements on communications with anyone other than the Contracting Officer.
- They propose to rely on an undisclosed subcontractor, which violates the count's requirements.
- The agreement does not represent a good value for the County and those who live there.
Read the full petition at 2021.7.16 -- Protest of Anderson Cnty. Bid No. 21-043 (004)
A petition was set up to go against the decision. That petition can be found at Petition · Stop County Council from taking away your TRUSTED EMS providers.
We will continue to update this story as more details are released.