EMS company to end most Indiana services

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - An emergency medical services company says it will end ambulance services to most Indiana locations.

Rural/Metro Corporation said it will stop serving more than 30 communities and service will end within the next 60 days.

The move is due to the low number of transports in rural areas, the changing health care and low Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Company officials said they have tried to restructure and improve contracts throughout the past year.

One of the communities affected by the decision is Martinsville. Mayor Phil Deckard said while the news came as a surprise, they are already looking for a replacement.

"I asked the president if there was any chance of changing his mind, he assured me no. It was a financial decision, which I understand. I've already been contacted by two other private companies. My hope is that someone will come in and perhaps assume the contract that we already had to provide us guaranteed service. We will also utilize the service of the local EMS," Deckard said.

Deckard said he was also concerned about the local residents employed by Rural/Metro. The company told him they will help those workers find jobs in other cities or help them find work in a similar field in town.

The City Greenwood found out Tuesday that it'd be impacted by the Rural/Metro decision as well, Fire Chief James Sipes said.

Service to Greenwood will continue for 90 days, until Nov. 18. Sipes said the city is already looking for a new vendor, and service to residents should not be impacted.

"We have already been in contact with our partner fire departments around us, and they have all assured us that their ambulances are available as well," Sipes said. "We plan on working with Rural/Metro for a smooth transition into whatever service we end up with."

Rural/Metro provides service to almost 700 communities in 21 states.

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