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Decatur ambulance provider under scrutiny

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Ted McKelvey claims DEMSI is not living up to the ambulance service's end of its deal with the city. Ted McKelvey claims DEMSI is not living up to the ambulance service's end of its deal with the city.
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The City of Decatur's Emergency Management Services coordinator is asking the city's EMS Committee to take action against the Decatur Emergency Medical Service ambulance company.

In that letter to DEMSI owner Roger Stanmore, EMS Coordinator Ted McKelvey claims DEMSI is not living up to the ambulance service's end of its deal with the city.

The letter dated January 2 states DEMSI agreed to have six ambulances in service by January 1st, and seven by February 15. A letter sent from a DEMSI official to McKelvery on December 30th states there were vehicles awaiting repairs, and that they would not be able to meet the requirements in time.

McKelvery would not go into specifics about the letter, but did confirm the issue centers around the number of ambulances in service. in the letter, he stated that he is recommending the city's EMS Committee to advise the city council to either alter, suspend or revoke DEMSI's license to operate in Decatur..

"The EMS Committee is an independent body that can make their own recommendations off the materials we present to them. It can be anything from no action. It could be action where they come up with a different agreement. They cold even determine that there was no violation past the point where we had come to agreement. And then, yes, they could do something more severe," McKelvey said.

The EMS Committee is holding a meeting about the issue on Monday. The Decatur City Council would make any final decision. DEMSI officials would not comment. DEMSI is one of two ambulance providers in Decatur. The other is First Response.

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