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Tue October 6, 2009
Montgomery Co. Commissioners to Regulate Ambulance Services
By Chris Taylor
Clarksville, TN – Montgomery County, Tennessee commissioners want to regulate their ambulance transportation services. Emergency Medical Service Director Wes Klein says the new resolution would define EMS's role to only providing pre-hospital emergency transportation and lay the ground rules for non-emergency providers. EMS had previously provided non-emergency transportation services, taking patients to such things like nursing homes or dialysis appointments. Now a private company called First Call provides that service. Klein says First Call has freed up the EMS to focus on emergency calls only. The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reports the regulations would require private companies like First Call to be screened and approved by an EMS committee.