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Russellville reduced to one ambulance service

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Officials at Transcare said it was becoming too expensive to operate. Officials at Transcare said it was becoming too expensive to operate.
RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

An ambulance provider in Franklin County will close its doors on Monday, leaving just one service to cover the city of Russellville.

According to a letter sent to the Russellville City Council, the ambulance service said they have lost money and cannot afford to continue their operations.

One year ago, the Mississippi-based service took over coverage after Northstar announced their departure from the city. In the last 12 months, the company claims to have lost more than $240,000, forcing them to shut their doors.

Mayor David Grissom assured the city that emergency care will not be compromised with their closing.

"DG Transcare gave us a pretty good amount of time for the other service to prepare. We met with Mr. Malone at Pleasant Bay yesterday and he assures us there will be no lack of service and people will be taken care of," said Mayor Grissom.

"We plan to add enough units to make up the difference for our service and for what the other service has been doing too," added Pleasant Bay Director Elzie Malone.

Malone is confident his team can handle the city's needs. He said they've served the city for the last 15 years and plans to be here for years to come, with a focus on patient care.

"Patient care is the number one priority. Without that, you're not going to have a service no matter if you're the only one here or not," said Malone.

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