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Florence, Killen may join county's ambulance service

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Florence and Killen are the only two cities in Lauderdale County who are not currently on the county's plan. Florence and Killen are the only two cities in Lauderdale County who are not currently on the county's plan.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Lauderdale County is considering an ambulance shakeup plan that could be simple.

There are just two cities in Lauderdale County who are not currently on the county's plan. Both Florence and Killen have opted to provide ambulance services through their own process.

The question on the table is whether or not they want to join the county and have one ambulance service cover the entire area.

County commissioners believe a joint service could provide better care for residents at an affordable cost to the county and would be easier for a single provider to cover the area.

Each city would still have the option of keeping a second provider in their jurisdiction if they choose.

EMA Director George Grabryan said right now no permanent changes have been made. Officials have only proposed the options to both cities' councils to get their opinion on the matter.

It will be up to each city to decide whether or not they want to join into a county wide plan.     

Currently Florence is serviced by Shoals Ambulance, and Killen by Killen-Center Star Ambulance. 

"The larger the population area, the better the service and pricing we can attract for all the citizens in Lauderdale County," said Grabryan.

The county commission said they will not move forward on the re-bidding process until a decision is made from both Florence and Killen.

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